Born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. Backpacked the world and lived in Australia because I spent all my money thru the South Pacific.
I've worked a lot of jobs from paperboy to grocery clerk, sales rep and iron worker, mink ranch hand and assembly lines, freelance astronaut (no offers) to boilermaker apprentice, delivery driver, and career firefighter and officer. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, witnessed the 1979 Grenada Revolution, watched Cubans cry when Fidel stepped down, and I also snorkeled with a marlin, played drums in the Black Gold Big Band, and caught a knuckle-baller as a fastball catcher in the Edmonton Men's Fastball League. My three children are all university grads. I've driven and operated fire pumps and aerial ladders, worked the rescue unit. Firefighters in Canada deal with extreme weather making the job very challenging. I've extricated people from crashed vehicles, hauled them from house fires, treated the injured, and done some stuff that still makes me shake my head. We don't give medals of valor to each other because we don't encourage lone-wolf/hero types like the Americans. It's why their death rate on the job is higher than ours.
I left Edmonton Fire Rescue as a station captain after 32 years. I live in Beaumont, AB with my wonderful wife, Gloria. I write, travel extensively, do a bit of fishing and boating, drink demon rum, manage a writers group, do occasional reno work, and sit on my butt outside in the good weather reading a decent book/eBook. Gloria and I travel extensively. We spent the cold 2011 winter in SE Asia where we climbed the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China. My 3rd firefighter novel Final Response is published by Bookkus Publishing May 2015. Old Flames and Gerry's War will follow. All my juvenile novels will be in paperback by the end of May.