October is finally here. October is a very personal month for me and not only because it’s my birthday month. It’s personal to me because during the month of October people talk about fire prevention and breast cancer awareness. Both close to my heart because my dad was a firefighter and my mom is a breast cancer survivor.

When October rolls around every year I always wonder how many people will remember my birthday and send me a card, text, post on my Facebook wall, or call me to say happy birthday. This year I got to spend my birthday watching high school softball and then watched the Huskers get a victory over Indiana. For a sports nut like me that is a great way to spend a birthday.

The next thing I get to celebrate this month is fire prevention and safety which most people think is only a week, but is actually the whole month. I take fire prevention and safety very seriously thanks to my dad. For those who don’t know me personally, my dad before he passed away in Dec. 2009 was captain/paramedic for the Omaha Fire Department. I remember he had dreams of becoming a battalion chief in the department before he retired from the department. Sadly, that didn’t happen, but he did teach me many great lessons before his passing.

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