Category: Interview

Interviews

Firefighters Byron Temple & Creston Whitaker

A few months ago, my good friend Rett Blankenship approached me with an idea. When Rett was a Captain at DFD Station 11 on Cedar Springs he had worked with Byron Temple, a well known cut-up who kept his co-workers in stitches most of the time, but who also had an amazing 25 year run as a paramedic on 711, one of our busier ambulances. He suggested we meet Byron at the museum for a chat, along with another firefighter whose career had paralleled Byron’s in some ways, and who had been a professional athlete before joining the department – Creston Whitaker. So the four of us, along with my co-host Mike Otto, shared a little coffee and conversation one morning. You can hear their story by clicking play on the podcast below.

Captain Pat Murphy

Captain Pat Murphy is a highly decorated veteran who served 40 years with the Dallas Fire Department.  In this podcast he joins Chuck Hampton, Mike Otto, and Mike Hoskins around the kitchen table at the Dallas Firefighters Museum to talk about some of the highlights from his career. 

You can listen to the show by clicking on the embedded player below. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts by searching for Firehouse Talk (two words with a space between) in your podcast app.

EMT Class #4.
Mike Pritchett (L) and Pat Murphy (R), circa 1978


L-R: Murphy,Bailey, Meredith, Foster, Shivers, Massingill. Circa 2001

Chief Steve Abraira

Fire Chief Steve Abraira cut his teeth in Miami, Florida where he rose through the ranks to be the Assistant Chief of Operations. He then served as Chief of the Department in three different cities including Dallas Texas, Palm Bay Florida and Boston Massachusetts. He holds an associate degree in fire science, a bachelors in public administration, and duel masters of arts in ‘human resource management’, and ‘management and leadership’. When he was Dallas, he was certified as both a State of Texas firefighter and Chief of Department. He was also a nationally Certified Chief Fire Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing, as well as an Accredited Fire Chief by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission. Additionally, he served as a Fire Service Section Board Member for the NFPA.

You can listen to the show by clicking on the embedded player below. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts by searching for Firefighting Legends (two words with a space between) in the app.

 

Show Notes:

Installing lighting for the monument at the Dallas Fire-Rescue Training Center.
Participating in “Fill the Boot” to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association