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A special STATter911.com Thanksgiving message: Dave comes clean about a secret from his past.

It will all make sense after you watch this. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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  • Former Chief

    Dave, I'm glad you decided to "come clean".  It must be a tremendous burden off your heart.  I had no idea, poor Willie.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    p.s. – You guys crack me up.  I can hardly wait for the reply.

  • Retired Chief

     Dave,  My heart goes out to you and your family.  You took your own advice and faced the issue in public.  Your son(s) should be proud of you. As for Willie, keep making those commercials you will need the extra income to pay for Brett's college.  
    For you other fire service bloggers, you do not have a chance with a seasoned veteran reporter like Dave. 
    Be safe and cook the turkey in the oven.
     
     
     
     

  • Lt Robert M

    My goodness, Dave, if this was a heartfelt "bomb" I cant wait to see what therapy has brought the two of you at Christmas……..

  • Legeros

    That choked me up, Dave.  Wait, it was a turkey bone.
     
    I hope you've got Dr. Phil booked for Baltimore next year. It could get emotional.

  • B wallace

    Great message Dave

  • Sharppointy1

    What can I say about this heartwarming video?  Congratulations, Dave, on acknowledging your older son.  Hilary, you are a woman of valor.  Sam, you are lucky to have a big brother.
    I'm afraid I had a hard time controlling my cackling laughter during this lovely tribute, and I, like other Statter911 trolls, cannot wait to see what your son has to say, Dave.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    • dave statter

      And happy TG to you. Somehow we are muddling through without the boy. And resents you using the term big brother. Only 11 Sam is already taller.

  • Burns BCoFD

    Shocking

  • http://obr.me Patrick OBrien

    Dave, powerful stuff. Did NOT see that one coming. Thank you for sharing this personal story and making your way through the message for all of us to hear. May you and your family have the best Thanksgiving yet. 

    • dave statter

      Best to you Patrick. Somehow we will muddle through without the boy this holiday. Thanks for all of your support.

      Statter

  • Anonymous

    Is there a career volunteer controversy here?  Otherwise it's 7 minutes of my life i will never get back.

    • dave statter

      Sorry to be so selfish. I know I shouldn’t drag my personal life into this, but it was getting to much to deal with. I had to go public. Happy TG.

      Statter

  • http://www.report-on-conditions.blogspot.com Joseph Schmoe

    Dave,
    Thanks for baring your soul on this, I know it must have been a tremendous burden to carry around. I have always respected your opinions on things, even when we disagreed. Out of respect for you, I must caution you on inviting Rhett to return home.
     
    It's not Rhett per se, we know he comes from good stock. It's just that I would be concerned about the influence that Wines may have had on him during his formative years. Don't get me wrong, I like Wines and would allow him to buy me a beer any time. It's just that any one who takes pride in being a "misfit" and takes your flesh and blood to a "funny" kind of bar has the potential of causing harm to the adolescent mind.
    I'm just sayin' Dave be aware, be very aware.
    Thanks again for sharing this with us.
     
     

    • dave statter

      Yes Joe, I am aware of the potential problems and the bad influence it could have on Sam. But it isn’t like Sam looks up to him. It is kind of the other way around (Sam, at 11, is already taller).

      Hope you are enjoying retirement. Hap[py TG.

      Statter

  • http://www.pipenozzle.com pipenozzle

    And all this time I thought firefighters had no sense of humor.  http://pipenozzle.com/?p=832
    Happy Thanksgiving, Dave.

  • Cosgrove

    Dave, Dave, Dave. oh the tangled webs you weave. It's good you have come clean.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the REST of the family

    • dave statter

      Best to you. Hope it is a good TG Cos.

  • Fireman

    I can't wait for the Christmas Special to air.

  • Mike

    Dave, Thank you for sharing this story. It is a very heartfelt and touching story, you are a class act. 

    • dave statter

      Thanks for taking the time Mike. Happy TG.THEIR

  • Will

    Heart breaking. I haven't cried this much since "Terms of Endearment."  I also haven't heard this many conspiracy theories since the Warren Commission disbanded.

    • dave statter

      But we finally found some air time for that wonderful shield. Thanks. Hope it has been a good TG.

  • Box Alarm Leather

    Wow Dave…
    At first I was angry that your oldest son had "duped" me into making him a custom "Lieutentant" helmet front for Roanoke.  He was so convincing in our conversation. 
    After much thought, and after a hefty helping of turkey and trimmings, I've decided I'm going to send him the front anyway.  It might be just the push needs to keep his sights on the goal of one day becoming a real fireman.
     
     

    • dave statter

      Be careful. You might be called as a witness in an impersonation case.
      Happy TG.

  • backsteprescue

    Dave,
    By no means did you have to share this with any of us but it shows what kind of man that you are when you are willing to tell the truth and make video like that. 
    I wish you and your entire family the best this holiday weekend.  Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.
     
    - Backstep

    • dave statter

      I thought i had to do it. Thanks.

  • FMCH

    Well, I guess I can call Charlie LeDuff and tell him the expose is off. Good work Dave.  The story was touching, deep down in the heart of my bottom, I too hope he gets to be a firefighter.
    Packers win! 11-0!
    Happy TG Dave, thanks for the great blog.

    • dave statter

      Sounds like it was a good TG all around. LeDuff was getting close. Thought i would beat him to the punch.

  • Marc

    I’m afraid you have all been duped yet once again – the REAL story is MUCH, MUCH deeper…and I’m sure will create shock waves through the international fire service, when it is finally revealed – keep your eyes on Twitter, and the Watch Desk.

    Happy Thanksgiving Dave, Hilary, Sam, Rhett, Maureen, Sandy, Elizabeth, Linda, Terri, and Robin!

    • dave statter

      Please Marc don’t make it look like i failed to follow my own advice and didn’t get all of the bad news out at once. Happy TG.

  • http://firefighternetcast.com John Mitchell

    When is the bris?

    • dave statter

      John

      There was a bris and that may be part of the anger. It was done in Roanoke where, as you might imagine the choice of mohels was someone limited. Needless to say we did not get one with as steady hand as John Belushi in the SNL commercial in the back of the Lincoln. The scars are more than just psychological.

  • http://WWW.elaffhq.com Captain Chaos

    Wow…… Just….. Wow.
     

  • J. Collins

    I had to watch it two or three times and chase down some archives before I understood fully the depth of the rift.  Here's to a happy holiday season to you and yours Dave.

    • dave statter

      Normally I proved all of the links. Just too emotional to do so today. Hope it has been a good holiday.

      Statter

  • PA FF

    Dave, with a kid like that…get a vasectomy…………quickly

  • JustOnePing

     
    Thanks for this “life lesson” on how the selfish actions 
    of the morally bankrupt can destroy lives..
     
    Hopefully this will encourage young men to 
    keep their zippers up until marriage and 
    once they have a child in marriage, to be a 
    committed Father.

    • dave statter

      There are few more morally bankrupt than me.

      Statter

  • JustOnePing

    No lack or pride either…
     
    May want to check out
    FireFighters for CHRIST
    Fellowship of Christian FireFighters

    • dave statter

      My rabbi might not approve, but I appreciate it. Still, I will try to be the best father I can be, despite my many flaws.

  • JustOnePing

    Flaws, as we all have, is why the FATHER sent HIS SON.
     
    Check out  my friends at  Jews for JESUS

    • dave statter

      Familiar with them, but no thanks.

  • http://firefighternetcast.com John Mitchell

    Just when we thought it couldn't get wierderer…. (sic)
     

    • Legeros

      Oy gevalt indeed…

  • Crowbar

    Orson Welles would be proud of you Dave.

  • http://DWIHitParade.com Ken Rossignol

    I am not the least bit surprised that you knocked up some mountain girl in Roanoke when covering one of those flash flood stories.  I am only surprised that her offfspring had teeth.

  • JustOnePing

    Don't know about Orson Wells
    but I'll bet Dave gets an employmment application
    from Larry Flynt.

    • dave statter

      Well a least he is a Flynt is a great champion of the First Amendment. Probably about all we have in common.

  • JustOnePing

    Don't be sooo humble, Dave.
     
    It's obvious that you and Larry have much more in common.
    It's proudly proclaimed in black-and-white for all to see.
     
     I quote from above …

    There are few more morally bankrupt than me.

    • dave statter

      I will give you that one, but we are just morally bankrupt in different ways.

      Statter

  • JustOnePing

     
    Riiiiiiiiiight.!!!!!!!
    Sorry, all moral bankruptcy is identical.
    It’s just “different” by a few degrees of intensity

    • dave statter

      I am glad you have it figured out for me. Thanks.

      Statter

  • JustOnePing

     
    No offense intended, Dave.
     
    Just a friendly wake-up call
    and an Invitation.

    • dave statter

      It is very, very hard to offend me. I appreciate and respect your faith and point of view.

      Statter

  • Country

    Dave,
    Am very glad to hear Hil and Sam are aware of this and are supportive. Know you have had a heavy, heavy weight lifted from your shoulders by letting this secret out.  I hope that it does clear some of the air and allows you and Rhett to overcome some of the obstacles between you. 

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