Born Beatrice, NE, raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and Dundee, Illinois. Retired Firefighter, Currently National Fire Academy Instructor, Firehouse Magazine Contributing Editor for Hazmat Studies. Author of books Hazmat Chemistry for Emergency Responders 3rd Edition, Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders 2nd Edition, Hazmat Teams Across America and Fire Protection: Systems and Response. Married, 10 children, 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Working on Burke, Roscoe, Menke and Rile family trees. Hobbies, Geneology, Gardening, Auctions and yard sales and HUSKER FOOTBALL.