seattle fire department

Stand for Compassion

How the Grinch Stole Christmas courtesy Cartoon Network

So, we had a little event today.

Folks from RealChange spoke, the Mayor spoke,

a homeless person spoke, a fireperson spoke.

Then everyone gathered hands and walked in a circle. (true story)

It was all very…Seattle-confusing.

The main message: depolicing of the area was not addressed.  

I did speak with the Mayor following the event and he mentioned that Seattle does not currently collect data on where crimes are being committed which would help them more efficiently allocate resources around the city. He’s attending a half day offsite with some folks at Microsoft to remedy that. Will be interesting to hear an update of that on April 5.


How can we not have data on crime in Seattle, with sites like this?

In Service


“Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”

— Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY,
speaking upon the death of a deputy chief and
four firefighters in February of 1908