That year was the first one in which women were accepted
into the academy and was also one of the largest minority
classes. As McBee recalls, everything was new to him and he
did not know what to expect. He commented that he enjoyed
of other fire fighters and they became more like family. The
firefighters worked hard and played together and often
supported each other through some of the tougher times of
such as critical incidents.
Some of the responsibilities of a senior firefighter
are to train others, to be prepared for all emergencies and
to ensure that your crew is safe as well as the public.
“Make sure everyone gets home safety after each shift.”
Private McBee said that if he could pass on anything to
the new cadets it would be that they should work smarter not
harder, serve the public well, be professional, do what you
know is right. He recommends that they do not always follow
the group, and to be your own person. Judge individuals
yourself and not because the group says so.
McBee said he looks forward to retirement but will
continue to help out in the community. “There are so many
things I do that no one really knows.” He is involved with
a Sudden Death Infant Syndrome (SIDS) presenting both
nationally and internationally. Community action, various
non-profits, as well as his involvement with fraternal
organizations and a few more. “I also look forward to
traveling and enjoying time with my daughter.”
McBee is a Scott High School graduate and attended the
University of Toledo. He has also been a Nationally
for over 32 years.
Firefighter McBee did not plan to serve as long as he
did but he has no regrets “the many years went by quickly
when you enjoy what you do” and in the coming months looks
forward to his new journey. To my comrades thank you for all
of your support and I wish you all safety and good health.