Had it not been for the COVID19 outbreak and life continuing on its merry way, I would have been at #FDIC2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana (God-willing). I was honored to be invited to give the Opening Ceremony Speech, this year. But that was not to be. I want to thank Bobby and the Committee for that honor.
I was, however, rewarded with another honor because of this crisis. I got to see my department the New Haven Fire Department ramp up and stand up to this pandemic. I could not be more proud as a firefighter and Fire Chief. Even though my speech was written for a different time and different place, the values still hold true. You Can Get There From Here. Find the positive. Don't feed the negative. #PatienceNotPanic
There is a new normal forming and we have to be a part of it or be out of step. The difference between dinosaurs and crocodiles is that one of them adapted to their environment and the other became extinct. Take care of yourselves and your families. Learn to Lead Through Crisis and I'll see you on the other side.