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Firefighter's Cold Water Challenge

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I've talked before on here about how being married to a firefighter has it's pros and cons. On the plus side, Dan lives with 4 other guys a third of the time. This means he can get all the "guy stuff" out of his system and not come home and burp and fart and watch guy tv shows. (I'm not sure this works out all the time, but I can hope). A con is definitely hearing about all the fun I miss out on.

Being a firefighter/paramedic is hard work. Sometimes it can be easy for people on the outside to see funny videos or focus on the fun they all seem to have together while at work, but if they were seriously 100% of the time, they would probably go crazy. If you put 5-7 guys all in the same building every third day, they are obviously going to have fun, joke around, and pull pranks on each other. Sometimes I'm jealous of the camaraderie he has with his fellow shift mates. They turn in to more like family, and definitely have some fun together.

This weekend, I got to witness a little piece of fun at the station. Saturday night we were out with a friend who had just come home from being over seas. I was checking in on all my social media accounts (like every good blogger does) when I noticed Dan had been tagged in something. It turns out he wasn't only tagged in a post, but he was challenged to complete a cold water challenge for the National Fallen Firefighters Association. Firefighters from all over the country are participating in this challenge. All the money raised goes to help support the families and coworkers of firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The way it works is if you're challenged by someone else you have 48 hours to either complete the challenge and pay $10 or decide you don't want to complete the challenge and pay $100. If you decide to complete it, you have to make a video challenging other fellow firefighters and getting wet. Here's a video of Dan's challenge!



Dan's Cold Water Challenge from Libby Boyes on Vimeo.

I'm glad I got to witness/videotape this fun Sunday night adventure at the station. His partners had no problem moving rigs and turning the water on to watch him get drenched!

11 comments :

  1. That's so fun, I've seen this on facebook. A lot of people are getting involved for different donations. I think it's great!

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  2. I love this! My husband just got hired on and his entire family and past family members are all firefighters too.

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  3. GOLLY - that's a LOT of water! :)
    I did my video a long time ago & now its been fun to sit back & see everyone else doing it.

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  4. I don't have sound here, can't wait to watch at home! That's awesome!

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  5. So funny and cute for a good cause! I love it! And you're lucky to get all the farts out at work...mine waits until he gets home. >:(

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  6. Ha, this is so awesome!!!! i've seen this going around a lot :) what a great way to raise money.

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  7. Another thing we are doing as firefighters is Lights on for Granite Mountain; it's as simple as leaving your porch light on all night on June 30, the one year anniversary of the fatalities at Yarnell Hill (I will blog about this soon). I hope you consider doing it! It doesn't raise money, but it is a symbolic gesture to show we are remembering them and showing them the way home.

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  8. What a great way to give back & looks like your hubby had a blast (literally a blast) with all that water! Thanks for sharing!

    -Rosy
    A Joyful Kind of Life

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  9. My husband is a FF in FL and we did the cold water challenge down here too. It's funny to see what everyone comes up with for their challenge video.

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