Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter Driving Tips...

I figure that we can always learn something new. Considering my limited winter weather driving experience, I thought that perhaps there was something I could be doing more effectively to keep myself and the cars around me safe.Here is a few helpful tips I found in that pursuit.

Winter Driving Tips:

GM Winter tips


Monday, December 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MAM Trackday Session Results

MAM 10.27.13

Nothing spectacular but a great time!!

Recommended Track Bike Maintenance Schedule

Helpful link for recommended track bike maintenance. There are a couple of items I tend to check more frequently but it is a good list despite the Ducati specific nature.

Track Bike Maintenance Schedule

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Imaginary Ingredients

Did you know that Pepperidge Farms uses no imaginary ingredients in their products?!

"The best things in life are real. Real love, real friends and real food. Pepperidge Farm® Baked Naturals®  are delicious snack crackers and chips made with real, authentic ingredients and baked to an irresistible crunch. Made with no preservatives, the delicious taste shines through—so you can feel good enjoying them anytime, anywhere."

Truly amazing. What more could a consumer hope for?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Failing Light

It is finally deer season. I have already been out twice since Sunday and last night I had my first chance at bagging a big doe. I am not big on trophies, but I do like to get my freezer stocked. It was two minutes before "dark" officially, and raining ever so slightly. Two does walked out of the nearby thicket as I headed back towards "camp." I crouched down and watched. I could hardly believe my eyes when they started moving. Towards me no less!! Then they just kept closing the distance. 60 yards, 50 yards, 40 yards, and at that point I could no longer resist despite the time. I rose slowly to take aim at the big silhouette on the hillside before me. Pulse racing and astonished I was being afforded this opportunity, even after I had written the night off as a loss. I was so convinced I had already completed my hunt for the evening, that I had removed my mechanical trigger and was drawing with just my fingers, a rarity for me. I slowed my breathing and steadied as much as I could as I drew on the huge doe, but distracted by the thought of the fresh venison sausage only moments from fruition. Release...followed by a satisfying thwack. The doe took off, stumbled, but corrected and kept running. In the failing light, I couldn't make out whether or not my arrow had found its mark, though the sound left little doubt in my mind. It was raining slightly and getting dark fast. I could not wait the customary time to let her lie down. I followed minutes later to start tracking. Wet, dark, and getting a bit cool, I searched for two hours. No luck. Not even one drop of evidence. Whether washed away by the rain, or my circling foots steps through the waist high grass, I never found proof. Perhaps this evening, in the light, I will have more success.

There is nothing quite like sitting in the woods perfectly silent listening and watching as the forest comes alive around you. You sit patiently waiting and listening, to even the smallest creak of a nearby limb. A twig snaps and your pulse rises at the thought of what could be coming. Not out of fear, but pure excitement, your breathing speeds up as you consciously remind yourself to look with your eyes and not your whole head. In only two days, I have had quite the refresher course on bow hunting. I think I'm in love. Again!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Home Sweet home

We finally got into our new home! Now that the fun of unpacking is nearly complete, we have begun the series of upgrades and repairs to change the house into a home. We started with the the kitchen and outdoors. We removed the wallpaper, deep cleaned, painted, and now we are prepping for tile. Outside I have been trimming the trees and clearing brush. At one point the brush pile was nearly the size of our garage but we have spent evenings burning off the pile and have gotten to a nearly reasonable amount.

The garage repairs are moving right along as well. I have paint on every wall now, but have yet to finish the ceiling. It has been hard work but the progress is steady.

Next on the list is the septic system. I need to replace the aerator and am in the process of researching the procedure. I have yet to decide if I want to tackle the task or not.

When we are not working on our home, we hope to get out and enjoy some of the local entertainment throughout our little community.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Today at noon, they are doing the appraisal on our house. Fingers crossed that it goes well, the value is found, and by tonight we are packing. Everyone feels like it will go off without a hitch but that does little to assuage my worry. Up until this point, we have always been waiting on something. From the lead based paint tester, a contractor, an inspector, a buyer, repairs to list the house initially, to countless other small hurdles along the way. It has been a never ending series of "hurry up and wait" scenarios. It will nice to finally have a little closure and be able to just pack without worrying about what we should leave out to stage the house.

For the first time ever, I can NOT wait to move! Then again, I say that now, while standing in the AC and not lifting a never ending stream of heavy boxes.

Wish us luck!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Risk Assessment

When they asked me what I thought I would do when I grew up, I would not have guessed anywhere close. Helping rationalize making good business decisions. I really thought something more along the lines of helping people and friends make decisions that were in the best interest of having a great time were more my domain.

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Figure 1: A 3x3 Risk Matrix

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Soon to be Paddling

Only going to be ten minutes from this Summertime recreation Oasis! I might finally dust off the old kayak and get some paddling in this summer!

The constant, seemingly never ending waiting to move is driving me bananas. I can't wait to get tot he next house so I can start working on everything and getting our new home all set up!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Working with the No-Mar

Yesterday, I changed two more tires with the No-Mar classic tire changer. I love that thing! It would be nice if the adjustment on the cams were a bit easier to get tight and centered but overall it is well made and easy to work with. I changed two tires for a friend's Buell motorcycles and should get to do two more later next week. I can't wait until I get the No-Mar mounted on the floor though. It does kind of stink mounted on a 2.5' x 2.5' piece of plywood. It is especially difficult if you don't have someone standing on the other side. I figure by the end of this summer my No-Mar will have paid for itself or at least be close. It will be infinitely easier to use when it is in a large space, mounted on the floor, and an air conditioner keeping the atmosphere just right! I can't wait to move into our new home.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AMA Discounts

I completely forgot about the fringe benefits of AMA membership:

AMA Member Discount Codes

ActionStation/Bohn Body ArmorBohn Body Armor is the first choice of street riders for comfortable, profound protection you can wear all day, every day.
  • Discount: 10% off all products, INCLUDING DISCOUNTED COMBO’s!
  • Discount: Free Bohn MX Shirt with $100 purchase.   Our Main Catalog Site for full range of products. Use Coupon Code AMAB4U at checkout.   Special site describing the features and benefits of the popular and versatile Bohn Bodyguard System - ideal for riding in the heat - and for the best protection under jeans. AMA Members must use this link to qualify for discount.
Avis and Budget car rentals
Get a discount of up to 25% off prevailing rates at any Avis or Budget car rental agency. For Avis, enter discount code: D388100. For Budget,enter code: Z942000.
Visit for a 10% discounts on motorcycle parts, gear and apparel. Enter your AMA number when checking out to receive your discount.
Biker Rain Chaps
Biker Rain Chaps keep you clean and dry and are easier to get on and off than a full rain suit. Biker Rain Chaps also add an extra layer of insulation for chilly mornings or evenings after the sun has gone down. To access this 25 percent off discount, just visit and provide your member number.
Bill's Sport Motor RV Part & Accessories
Plenty of AMA members use RVs as home bases while racing and riding with their families in the woods, and offers generous discounts to members on RV parts and accessories. All current members of the AMA can get free access to the Bill's Sport Motor Racer's Discount Club (a $24.99 value), which give them discounts of up to 20 percent off retail pricing, discounted and expedited shipping, and special offers on featured items throughout the year. Order your RV Parts & Accessories catalog at or call Bill's Sport Motor at 518-487-9569 to order a catalog, or place an order and receive your discount.
Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels offers members 15% off best available rates at participating Comfort Inn©, Comfort Suites©, Quality Inn©, Sleep Inn©, Clarion©, MainStay Suites©, Suburban Extended Stay©, Rodeway Inn© and Econo Lodge© hotels. Use the Member Discount code #00947556.
EagleRiderEagleRider offers a 15% discount on Harley-Davidson, Honda, BMW and Polaris rentals and tours. Call(888) 900-9901 or book here using discount code: AMA014.
Federal uncrated motorcycle transport
In the United States, call Federal Companies, an agent for Allied Van Lines, at (877) 518-7376. For international shipments, call Motorcycle Express at (800) 245-8726. To get your discount, be sure to have your AMA number handy. Motorcycle Express also offers temporary international insurance.
Save 15 percent on brake pads and 10 percent on brake discs at
International Motorcycle Shows
AMA members save 25% off advanced adult one-day general admission. The promo code is "AMA" when you buy your tickets online from
LifeLock identity theft protection
LifeLock works to protect its clients from identity theft protection before it starts. Now, AMA members receive an exclusive benefit of 30 days free and 10 percent off the regular LifeLock membership fee. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, use the promo code AMACYCLE when you sign up at or at (800) 543-3562.
MAD Maps
AMA members can now buy MAD Maps, some of the highest quality maps and routes for motorcycle-friendly road trips available, at a 20 percent discount using this discount code: AMATHXU.
Motel 6
Motel 6 offers AMA members up to 10% off best available rates. Use the Member Discount Code CP540176. Visit to reserve your room today.
Powertye Tie-Downs
Save 10 percent. Enter code TYES4AMA at checkout from
Race Tech
To access the discount, go online to, then call Race Tech directly to order at (951) 279-6655 and provide your AMA number. Race Tech representatives will verify your membership instantly and apply the discount to your order.
Red Roof Inn
AMA members receive a 20% discount off available rates.  For discounts at Red Roof Inn, call (800) RED-ROOF and use the code VP+ 503343. You can also make reservations online at Just enter the code VP+ 503343 in the field labeled "VP+/ID#" when making reservations. The discount will be automatically applied.
RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine subscription
Visit the RoadRUNNER Motorcyle Touring & Travel magazine webpage for a 20% discount on subscriptions. RoadRUNNER is the touring expert of North America giving readers information on the best places to ride. Subscribers can download tankbag maps and GPS files of tour articles. AMA Discount Code is CRIAMA.
Schampa products
You can fight back against the elements, and one of the best weapons is quality gear that keeps the cold, wind and rain out and body heat in, such as the balaclavas, facemasks, neck gaiters and undershirts sold by Schampa, which now offers a 15 percent discount to members of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) for all purchases made from Simply enter the discount code "SCHAMA".
Supercross and Arenacross tickets
Get $5 off Supercross tickets:
  • Discount not valid on any ticket priced $15 or less.
  • Buy tickets online at and use password: AMA14 (listed as AMA membership discount)
  • Discount also available at the box office by showing your AMA card up to the day prior to the event. Not valid day of show.
  • Discount only valid for up to 4 tickets.
  • Offer valid up to the day prior to the event.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
  • Supercross Pit Party Access: Fans can go to the Box Office the day of the race and show their AMA card to receive one free pit pass. Free pit pass offer is only available the day of the event at the box office window selling pit passes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get $5 off Arenacross tickets
    • Discount not valid any ticket priced $15 or less.
    • Buy tickets online at and use password: AMA5OFF (listed online as AMA Membership discount)
    • Discount also available at the box office by showing your AMA card up to the day prior to the event. Not valid day of show.
    • Discount only valid for up to 4 tickets.
    • Offer valid up to the day prior to the event.
    • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Almost Sold

It has been a very long year. We have been getting ready to sell our house for, what seems like, forever. We are almost done though. All we have to do, is get through appraisals and then get packed and move. There have been many hurdles along the way but it has been one heck of a learning experience. I like the idea of helping someone else sell their home, but I hate being on the selling end. It could have been much worse though and, all things considered, it did not take us near as long as we thought that it might to get it sold. I can't wait to be finished with everything though.

Our new home, in Smithville Missouri, has a bit of a "blank canvas" feel to it. The gentleman selling the house started countless projects, but never followed them through to the end. As a result, we got a much better price than we would have otherwise and we have an opportunity to make this house our home just the way that we want to. It is in a neighborhood near a number of different attractions. We should have plenty to keep us busy. Between kayaking, fishing, mountain bike riding, dirt biking, and renovating our new home, will have plenty to keep us entertained. The only downside is the commute to work but it will be more than worth it with everything we have nearby. A few friends will be much closer and some will be further but we are not moving out into the stix somewhere, where Jessie would be very bored while I was constantly entertained. I am hoping to get 5-10 acres of land in the very near future for all of our dirt bike, hunting, and relaxing needs. This will be quite an adventure and will offer many opportunities to learn a number of new skills.

Fingers crossed that nothing falls through on the deal! Wish us luck!

This house has been a wonderful starter home and I hope that the young lady buying it has even more great memories, stories, and laughs than we ever did.

Side note: It is much easier to be nostalgic now that we are almost out of the house. LOL. There was nothing wrong with it, but we are definitely ready to move on to the next stage in life.

Wrecked FZ1- The Price of Distracted Driving?


This was the price of distracted driving. The young lady didn't mean to cream my brother but whether you mean to do something or not doesn't matter when you don't bother to look.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Google + hangouts Cant sign in..

Google + hangouts Cant sign in.. [Updated with solution] - Android Forums at

This worked for me when my wife's phone refused to allow Google Hangouts to function properly. Only took a few minutes and worked well after two attempts to sign in.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

RPC:S-5:AEC-0 Error

I was able to resolve this error by removing the other Gmail accounts on my phone, clearing data from Google Play App (under settings), clearing the cache from Google services framework, and restarting the phone. You can then put all of the accounts back on your device and restore your previous settings.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

House Showing Feedback

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM BEN CARTER: "Cute house, not crazy about the neighborhood. Well staged and made us feel welcome. Thanks"

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM DENISE ATKINS: "they liked the house but are still looking for home have not decide on anything yet"

So far, this is the feedback we have gotten while trying to sell our house. Encouraging, but an offer would be even better. We already have another showing set up for Sunday and hopefully a few more will pop up between now and then. Perhaps the future showings will be a bit more punctual however. The showing last night was from 6-7 but the agent and clients were spotted entering the gate at 6:56 and didn't leave until 7:15. It makes it hard to not cross paths when they don't stick to the window but we sorted it out in the end and they were none the wiser.

Our realtors/ friends, Shawn and Heather Hickey, have been really great. We have gotten some great tips on staging the house and we have great exposure throughout the real estate marketing material in our area. The pictures Heather took, really do a great job of bringing all of the strong points of our home to the forefront. Even if we had not been friends before they were our Realtors, I would highly recommend them. Our first experience with real estate agents was not a pleasant one and this time around it has been almost fun.

Based on feed back so far, it looks like it is only a matter of time before some lucky couple finds their soon to be home. The sooner the better, so we can begin the search for our new humble abode.

For a great Realtor and better selling/buying experience:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

House Listing Today!!!

The day is finally here and I am actually a little nervous. We have worked very hard over these past months and we finally have a go from our Realtors/ friends to list our home! I desperately hope that it sells in a timely manner. We have tried hard to make sure that we have done a good job on our repairs and prepping to  list our home. I can only hope that nothing comes up unexpectedly in our home inspection. Wish us luck for a quick sale and hopefully the next place will be the perfect place for us! Someone is getting a much better house for the almost the same money we paid for the house initially. We have really put a lot of love and work into our home and I think we can be proud of what we have done. There is room for some learning and improvement, as always in life, though. I was humbled a bit during our initial walk through at the simple realization that I had never actually thought to repair a very simple part replacement on our closet door. We have made our house a home over the years and it will be bitter sweet to jump into the unknown with our next home. I can only hope that we do a more thorough job of looking over our next home and locating any potential long term issues.

How to Convert PDF to Microsoft Word, Rich Text and Open Office Text

This is a quick video for free PDF to word conversion. It worked well. I used the first website mentioned and the only issue was a slight delay in receiving the email and it went to my junk folder instead of my inbox.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Running in Place: An exercise in complaining

It seems that no matter how much we apply ourselves, to any task or challenge at hand, all we can do it stay on an even keel. We don't make progress. We don't lose ground but we never seem to gain. If we do manage, by some miracle to make some progress in one area, we lose an immense amount in another area. The trend has the capacity to leave me questioning many things. Am I the best person for the task at hand? Is there something that I could be doing differently that would be more effective? Sweat, elbow grease, and vigilant effort seem to do nothing. 

All the while, I watch the people around me list their homes and make progress in their lives. I can not for the life of me, figure out where I have gone wrong. I have always thought that if you tried hard enough that you could make just about anything a reality but the harder we try, the more it seems like wasted effort and time. We have sacrificed many of our weekends and most of our free time to getting our house ready while those around us can do it in a week or two. I didn't think that our home was in such a state of disrepair that it would require almost every waking moment to get it ready to sell. I have no love for the building any longer. At first it was a pleasure to improve and clean up but the constant onslaught of never ending tasks has left me feeling downtrodden and at a loss. I can't look past the flaws to see it how other people will view it and perhaps that is the real issue. Jessie seems to think we have made real progress and that things are coming right along. I only wish I were so optimistic. Up until now, I have considered myself pretty handy and capable but the further we delve into this sea of repairs and improvements the more I realize just how bad I allowed everything to get. Some preventative maintenance would have gone a long way. On top of everything else, it could be months before this place actually sells, if ever. 

To have come so far and be only at the point of wanting to walk away is a sad state of affairs indeed. I can only hope that maybe in the coming weeks we actually get to a point where maybe we can list the house. I need a moment away, with the wind through my visor, and the only concern where the next stop on the journey is. I have lost all optimism for this task and have come to a state of apathy and cynicism regarding the whole thing. 

The worst part, as we "progress" through these repairs I know in the back of my mind that I still have two cars in need of attention, a job I am less than efficient at, and a variety of other trivial concerns that combine to form an "Everest" sized to do list that may never actually have any progress made on it either. How is it that those around me go through life moment to moment enjoying each step of their epic journey? What life lesson have I missed out on that has left me ill equipped to balance all the facets of my life?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nick's Lucky Day

Jess had a very bad morning this morning. She flipped her car on Leavenworth county rd 14 (Rogers rd) on the way to work. She was relatively unscathed but her beloved 97 Toyota Corolla was not so lucky. It did a great job of protecting her when it mattered most however, there was little left of what the car used to be. 

 I am counting my lucky stars today though. We can replace the car and all of the possessions inside. Jess was not hurt and that is what matters most. It is sad to see our faithful ever-running corolla carted away for scrap but there was little option in the matter. Jess will be a more cautious driver as a result of the accident. Also, the car is going to be placed at the local high school to help young people consider the cost of inattentive driving or driving under the influence. Even though Jess was not under the influence, if it helps a young person (or anyone) drive more carefully, we don't mind the exaggeration of circumstances.

Our corolla will be missed. It was a rough day but there is much cause for celebration when everyone walks away intact. Give your loved ones an extra hug tonight. You don't know what tomorrow will bring and the smallest actions can have grave consequences.

Side note, despite a mostly collapsed front end and a full roll the airbags never deployed. It has been explained to us by multiple people but it still surprised me.

Monday, April 1, 2013

If at first you don't succeed

If you have an issue and just can't seem to sort it out you should keep a few things in mind. Perhaps, that carburetor just keeps on presenting issues. No matter what you do, you just can not seem to nail down what the problem is. You try and try but although you have had it apart countless times it just keeps presenting the same symptoms. Go back to the simplest solution. Go back to the beginning and look at what you have done. Triple and quadruple check all of your adjustments. Chances are you forgot something simple. 

I took the kdx 200 apart again tonight to clear up the carb overflow issue. I found debris in there the last time and after clearing it, I didn't take the time to check the float height. I figured that, since I had been very careful when I extracted it, that it would be within spec. Fail.

It was significantly out of spec when I opened it up tonight. I am not certain that I have solved all of the issues, but the gas is no longer pouring out of the carburetor overflow line. I think it is finally ready for a test run at one of the local parks this weekend. I am hesitant to haul the bike anywhere to exciting for fear that it will fail on me and I will spend more time and more gas only to be doing repairs further from home rather than riding somewhere amazing.

We will see though. I am not sure I can resist the call of Arkansas much longer.

Here is the sight I used for a quick reference: "Method One - Measuring the Height of the Float
This method requires a set of calipers. With the carb upside down, tilt the carb until the tang on the float just makes contact with the needle rod protruding from the float valve. At this point the distance between the bottom of the float and the float bowl mating surface should be 16mm ± 1mm or 0.63" ± 0.08". Remember the carb is upside down so the bottom of the float is facing you. If the distance is out side of this range gently bend the tang and recheck. Ideally you would reassemble the carb and recheck it with the fuel level gauge. If you don’t have a gauge you’ll have to trust you set the height properly.
Measure the distance between the bottom of the float  and the float bowl mating surface (#1). The distance should equal 16 mm +/- 1 mm or .63" +/- 0.08"
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Method Two - Setting them Parallel
This method is similar to the first method. It isn’t quite as accurate but works fine if you don’t have access to a set of calipers. In method one when you measure the distance between the bottom of the float and the float bowl mating surface the two are parallel to each other. If you use a straight edge for a reference, a feeler gauge works well, and place it on the float bowl’s mating surface you can visually check to see that the two are parallel to each other. It helps if you angle the feeler gauge towards the float to reduce the distance between the two a little. Tilt the carb the same way you did in the previous method and watch for the tang on the float to just make contact with the needle rod protruding from the float valve. If the two are not parallel at this point the bend the tang and recheck. Ideally you would reassemble the carb and recheck it with the fuel level gauge. If you don’t have a gauge you’ll have to trust you set the height properly."

Friday, February 15, 2013


Just because things are not what I thought they would be, it doesn't mean they are bad. Still, it will take some time to reassess and readjust to how they are. Trying to take stock and accept that I may have jumped to a few conclusions a bit prematurely.

A few more days, then we board a flight for Australia. Hopefully, it will be just the thing we need to collect our thoughts and re-fuel. We have worked really hard these past few weeks and it is hard to work long hours and come home only to work at home to prepare to sell our house. We can only hope that all the extra sweat and elbow grease really makes a difference on both fronts.

I have learned a lot these past few weeks and can't wait until I can be more of an asset in my department. It has been a good chance to really step up and apply myself to what we do but, there is so much in flux it is tough to see where I will fit when the dust settles. I suppose if you like what you do, then a title should be the least of your concerns.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Trying to Plan My AU Moto Adventure

Looks like so far we are looking at 3 days of motorcycling, four backpacking, multiple hiking, a few camping, and some assorted day trips and of course snorkeling! It is going to be an amazing trip!!!

Maybe: but I am not sure it is worth the miles to go north this far when EVERYTHING is new to me:

Very Promissing and close to home base. I think this route may be a must do:


Monday, January 14, 2013

How did they determine shelf life?

There are many factors in calculating shelf life on food products. I have found the following sources to be clear explanations of the major factors.

Water Activity:
"Water in food not bound to food molecules can support the growth of bacteria, yeasts and moulds (fungi) - the term 'water activity' refers to this unbound water."

Hardest Race in America

A friend shared this link and I thought it was a great video. Talk about some intense dirt bike terrain!! This race is unbelievable!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

More news Coverage

Texas firefighter killed in blaze at his own home

by Staff
Posted on December 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

DEVINE, Texas -- San Antonio firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own following a deadly house fire early Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the San Antonio Fire Department said firefighter Matthew Whitley was found dead inside his mobile home in Devine. He was 31.

Whitely, a 10-year veteran, worked at Fire House 20 on the city's southeast side.

Whitley was following in the footsteps of his father, who has been with the San Antonio Fire Department for more than 30 years.

It was a surreal moment for Oralia Zamora and the rest of the Devine community.

"We ran out and we're like, 'Oh no, it's Matt's house,' But we didn't know he was inside," said Oralia Zamora, a neighbor and a friend.

Whitley always carried a smile and liked to fish on his days off. More than anything, he loved his career as a San Antonio firefighter.
Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown said, "It's really sad to do the job that he does and for this to be the (way) he goes out. It's pretty sad."
The Medina County Sheriff's Office and the Bexar County Fire Marshal are investigating.
Devine is about 30 miles southwest of San Antonio.


A Great Man Lost

Fallen Firefighter Laid To Rest

Jan 3, 2013 4:35pm (CDT)
By: Grace White
Follow Grace on Twitter @Grace__White and on Facebook
Friends and family paid their final respects to a fallen San Antonio firefighter.

Matthew Whitley, 31, died in a fire in his Devine home.

Today, the men who served alongside him say it's his smile they will always remember.

It was a solemn procession for a man who dedicated his life to serving his community.

"I'm his boss at work and it ain't going to be the same to go to the station and Matt not being there," said Batt. Chief Russell Johnson, S.A.F.D.

"It's really difficult and the thing that we emphasize is that we are a family and we take care of our own," said Chief Charles Hood, S.A.F.D.

Whitley's father is also a firefighter.

He's a lieutenant with San Antonio's Training Academy.

"Matt has a large regular family and he also has a very large fire department family, you can see all the different fire departments that showed up. These people took time out of their lives to come pay tribute to a fallen firefighter," said Johnson.

"There's no real words to comfort anybody, all we can do is show our support and love and that's what we are going to do," said Hood.

Investigators say the fire started in Whitley's home at the Gusville Trailer Park just after midnight December 28th.

The Medina County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor called in the fire.

Whitley was found dead inside.

"Matthew was a great kid, he was a pleaser. He would do anything for anybody, to help them out. He smiled all the time and laughed, he was just a happy go lucky young man," said Johnson.

Whitley was a graduate of MacArthur High School.

He's been with the fire department for 10 years.