I turned 50 years old on July 29th, 2008. I also retired from 25 years of service with the City of Troy Volunteer Fire Department in Michigan. To help commemorate the double occasion, my daughter Michelle had the attached photo taken. Joshua Michael Coppock, my grandson has all of his photos done by a local Kiddie Kandids photo studio here, and they decided to enter this photo into a national photo contest with a prize of an all expense paid trip for 4 to Disney World. The contest consisted of three separate photo categories, Infant’s and toddlers up to 2 years of age, Children and Teens, and then family and group photos. Unfortunately, our photo did not make the finals. However, I have the greatest prize of ever, my best friend and grandson, Joshua.
This year also marks my 34th year as serving the community has an emergency responder. Needles to say, when my kids were growing up, I had missed quite a few significant events in there lives because of the call to duty. God has granted me a second chance, with my grandchildren now, and I can’t thank him enough for the new lease on life.