By Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors
Friday, April 24, 2020, at FDIC, would have been the release and book signing of our third and final Pass it On book, Pass It On 3 – Making Good Progress.
Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out the way we had planned and unfortunately (but appropriately) none of us are there for FDIC. My first FDIC was in 1977 and I have never missed one. When it comes to the learning, teaching and social aspects – FDIC is fantastic! So missing it this year isn’t easy-but whats done is done.
So, while we are not together physically, I am THRILLED to release Pass It On 3 – Making Good Progress.
While you may be surprised to know this, I actually don’t know what’s in the book (other than my own stuff) until I get my final copy. As in the first two books, I reach out to a great range of folks and give them an opportunity to share the BEST of what they know-to “pass it on” to the newest firefighter, to the oldest chief and everyone in-between.
Everyone gives. Everyone Learns. While I do write an intro for each contributor that is based upon what I know about them, I never read what they submit until the book is done. I am thrilled to read what they have to say as much as you are.
Why don’t I read what they submit?
When I decided to do the first Pass It On 3 – Making Good Progress book, I selected all great people. However, some were people that I may not have always agreed with -such as their perspective or opinions. And that is precisely why I let them write what they felt they needed to say and share – without my reading it first. If I picked people who I thought would only agree with my attitudes, opinions, perspective, philosophies and such-you would get a book of very limited scope. So I did it the way we did-and it worked really, really, well.
Thanks to each of you who own a copy of Pass it On 1 and 2, as we have raised thousands upon thousands of dollars for the Deputy Chief Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Pass It On 3 – Making Good Progress is no different-as 100% of my proceeds will again be donated. It should also be noted that every contributing author did the same, not making anything on this book.
I am so appreciative for the contributors for all the work they did and for the work Fire Engineering Books staff did. It’s really fantastic and I promise that you will not be disappointed.
Pass It On 3 – Making Good Progress is 520 pages from over 80 contributors providing as diverse a range of fire service based opinions and experiences as possible. Contributors include:
John A. “Jay” Jonas
Mollie and Steve Pegram
We hope you will take some time to check out Pass It On 3 – Making Good Progress and purchase a copy.