Not all heroes wear capes. 30 minutes of powerful and positive stories on demand on Jessop’s Journal


(DOUG JESSOP – JESSOPS JOURNAL) In this episode of Jessop’s Journal, we feature powerful, positive and inspiring people, including an interview with a woman who introduces us to her friend Marty, and it is not from Back to the future … Okay, Marty is the name of his guitar. Not only do we chat, but she’s also our musical guest.

Most people run away from danger. There is a certain group of people who rone towards danger to help others. Fire Battalion Chief Jeffrey Thomas shares his story and gives us some advice.

While we are on the subject of safety, I had to get dressed and get advice on how anyone can be a hero.

But first, Sydnie Keddington …


I met Sydnie while we were both judges at various pitch events, including one at Silicon tracks. Sydnie works for a venture capital firm, but I also discovered that she is a very talented musician.

It’s safe to say that Sydnie is walking with a song in her step. Come and discover that she comes from a musical family. Her mother as well as her mother’s parents were all seriously interested in the classical violin. In addition to playing the violin, Sydnie also plays another stringed instrument that she affectionately calls “Marty.” Come find out that Marty was “born” about 30 minutes from where Sydnie grew up. You will have to watch the story to meet Marty.

There was a song that Sydnie wrote both the music and the lyrics for. Yes – there is an interpretation of this song is this episode of Jessop’s Diary.

The song is about two people who loved each other enough to go away and the love doesn’t go away, and the memories don’t go away. Things just look a little different.

I asked her his name, and she told me he didn’t have a title yet. I’m honored that she let me name the song. It is now officially called “Six years.” By the way, I am now his agent… I have him on video!


Imagine not having your sense of sight. Now remove your sense of smell. Let’s take away your sense of taste. Do you have that in your mind? Now, let’s complete it all by putting yourself in a situation surrounded by the roaring flames of fire. This is what firefighters regularly do.

It takes a special person to come into danger. I am happy that there are men and women who are ready to put their lives on the line to save other people.

In this episode of Jessop’s Diary I had the pleasure of visiting Fire Battalion Chief Jeffrey James Thomas.

He told me the story of his first active fire. I won’t give all the details (hint, hint… you have to watch the video) but let’s just say it happened a little intense.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a firefighter was up there with wanting to be an astronaut. Jeff’s eyes lit up as we described seeing children in wonder. Jeff is especially proud to be an example to children of color.

Jeff and I met at NAACP Martin Luther King rewards lunch earlier this year. Come find out that Jeff is the only black battalion commander in the state of Utah. He is heavily involved in community outreach and encourages more women and people of color to become firefighters.

Jeff is also an actor. Her first gig was to be involved in a shoe line from Utah jazz legend Karl Malone. Jeff has also been involved in various projects seen on Lifetime, Touched by an Angel, etc. I asked him if he had ever been chosen as a firefighter. I was surprised to learn that he had been chosen as a police officer, but never as a firefighter. OKAY CASTING PEOPLE THERE… If you need a firefighter, I know a guy I can put you in touch with!


Jets fly above us. Theft of life is landing. Fire truck sirens fill the air.

Layton and North Davis County is teeming with hero.

Jason Cook, Battalion Commander in the Layton Fire Department wants to remind people that when it comes to fire safety, you can be a hero by having an evacuation plan and preventive measures. How? ‘Or’ What? Chef Cooks says, “Smoke detectors everywhere, because notifying and evacuating people from the house will always be our number one priority. “

Do you know how most home fires start? According to Cook, “The number one cause of fires in homes is cooking fires. “

What to do in this case? Cook continued; “Everyone’s inclination is to put water on the fire. When in fact, the best thing to do, especially under these circumstances, is to smother the fire. A simple little thing like taking a pot lid and covering the fire by sliding it safely over anything that can burn. quickly put out the fire in seconds.

I asked the battalion commander to get to work. He didn’t disappoint me and said, “I think we should dress you up and ask you to go fight the fire with us.”

The Layton Fire Department took good care of me and helped me put on all the protective gear. I was amazed to learn that they dress in 45 seconds or less and put on their breathing apparatus and it will run for another 45 seconds or less.

Firefighter Shiloh Cramer gave me extra time. The outfit is quite heavy, especially when you add the rescue air tank. I felt like I was wearing a whole bunch of tracksuits. Let’s just say I’m glad it was a relatively cool day.

Cramer gave me detailed instructions as a shipping container with a sprinkler system on one side and no protection on the other side. He told me; ” It shows the difference between extinguishing fires and not. Once they turn it on, it shows the purpose and functionality of a suppression system. The one on the right will burn for 4 to 6 minutes. The national average response time.

They lit the side without sprinklers. The heat was quite intense. Cramer noticed that it was only about 1000 degrees. He said that when surrounded by flames, the temperature is closer to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

About 4 minutes had passed and it was time to get down to business. We have checked each other’s equipment, made eye contact, and we are mutually supportive. The fire had started from a sofa and was moving wildly along the walls. The water was directed from side to side and took up most of the room. We then moved closer to extinguish the embers. The smoke was thick, and I was very grateful for both the suit and the breathing equipment.

It was then time to light up the side with the fire sprinkler system. It was amazing how much of a difference a fire sprinkler system can make. When the smoke cleared I was surprised at how little damage there was.

My message to everyone is that not all heroes wear capes. Make sure you have smoke detectors. Have an escape plan and practice it with your family.


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Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “Stories have power”. Chances are, if you go through something, someone else is likely to be the victim. The shared experiences that we humans have can help each other. That my friend points out that the stories “Help us understand each other”.

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people took more time to learn more about each other and where they are from, we might find that we have more similarities than differences.

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Jessop’s Journal is something special when it comes to delivering news. I have the honor of being able to do longer and in-depth interviews that you don’t normally see with people from all walks of life. Kudos to my collaborator, Ed Wilets, who does a great job as a videographer / editor for all of my stories.

Everyone has a story. Stories have power. They help us understand each other. With another entry in Jessop’s Journal, I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.

Jessop’s Journal is a collection of Powerful, positive and inspiring storys made possible by the generous support of Tatt2Away, XLEAR, Ogden’s Own Distillery, Millcreek Gardens and LIFE Never Boring.

For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette tape recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends, and anyone else who might have a good story. You can follow Doug on, on and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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