Chad and I attended a nice retirement party for Battalion Chief Alvin Blades at Villa Sorriso. It was a crowded house. Every guy on duty came down to congratulate Al. The street was lined with fire trucks, fire engines, and RAs. It was quite a site to drive up to. The Pasadena Fire Deptartment is definetly a brotherhood and they embrace all the family members. It was a nice feeling to look around the room and see so many familiar faces smiling back at me. After Calvin made a speech all the guys in service from the surrounding towns called in on the radio to wish Al the best of luck and congratualte him. It was really cool to hear.