My philosophy of leadership is one based on leading by example, including returning to school and working hard, both in school and on the job, to enhance my skills. As a front line company officer, I take my responsibilities extremely seriously. I feel an effective leader should never ask someone to do something that they would not do or have not already done. As a leader, I take advantage of every opportunity to pass along to younger firefighters the lessons that I have learned during my career. This is crucial because these individuals will the fire service’s future leaders.