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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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.