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This year, community blogger Rodney Dale is thankful for his family, how fortunate they are and the chances he’s had to help others.


Posted on Nov. 28, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
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When community blogger Rodney Dale and his girlfriend (now wife) had a child at 17, he worked hard to stop taking financial aid from the government. Now, he urges other fathers to do the same and to take responsibility for the families they’ve created.


Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.
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Rodney Dale
My name is Rodney Dale, and I was born and raised in Elkhart. Although it’s a small city, I truly love it here.

I work for the Elkhart Fire Department and have since 1996. My current position is Division Chief, which puts me in charge of all purchasing and training. My wife, Tanisha, and I met when we were 15 years old and had a son by the time we were 17. He is a college graduate now living in Chicago and teaching 3rd grade. We also have a 14-year-old daughter.

Writing has been my passion since I was a little boy, and I believe it will be until the day I die. My mom died of cancer when I was 9 years old and my dad had some issues at the time, so I was raised by my grandmother. The experiences I had growing up, being around diverse crowds and mentoring boys are the sources of most things I will write about. During my free time, I attend my daughter’s athletic activities, coach at the Tolson Center, mentor in local elementary schools, do lots of yard work and spend time with my beautiful wife.


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