Twenty, again…and again!

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A few years ago I wrote a blog post that I simply called “Twenty,” and posted it here. The response was great, a few hundred people “liked” it and left some inspiring and heartbreaking commentary.  I figured I would submit the post to The Providence Journal, they liked it too, and featured it on the […]

All the pills

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Somebody you love tells you they took “all the pills.” They say they are tired of living, tired of struggling, tired of being tired. You look around the house and find empty pill bottles where full ones used to be. The person you love is getting sleepy, fading away right before your eyes. You’re alone, […]

Catching “the bug.”

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I told the story of Rescuing Providence as honestly as I could. I didn’t glorify firefighting, EMS, firefighters or EMT’s. We are just people doing a difficult job, I figured, much like most people. The librarian at Lasalle Acadamy, a prestigious Catholic high school in Providence stumbled upon the book a few weeks ago. Her […]

20 Thoughts Only a Medic Can Understand

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Working in emergency services is hard enough. Explaining your daily thoughts to someone outside the field is damn near impossible. You know you’re a medic, or destined to be, if you find any of these thoughts bouncing around your head. 1) You believe a little puke on the pants does not require a full uniform […]

Them Fool Ambulance Drivers!

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She sat on the front steps of her home, overnight bag packed, cigarette in hand. We stopped the truck. She kept on smoking. And sitting. “Did you call 911?” I asked, nicely enough. “Yup.” Another drag from the cigarette. “Why did you call?” “I need to go to the hospital.” I stretched my neck and […]

Love Crush

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Here’s a little love story, I’d like to dedicate this to all you medics and firefighters out there, and all the people you treat…   She’s on her way to work, blond hair blowing in the wind, radio on, ready to start her day when a car hits her from behind. She’s startled, looks in […]

How to kill a medic

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By starting early we have the ability to crush their confidence, destroy their self-esteem and make them feel worthless. But killing a new medic is a process. All steps must be closely followed to ensure success. Let’s start at the beginning. School Gather a bunch of idealistic people whose dreams included putting on a uniform […]

Comic Con Cripples EMS

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Comic Con Convention Overwhelms First Responders This years Comic Con Convention, held at The Providence, RI Convention Center nearly crippled the city’s EMS resources. The city handles roughly 600 EMS calls per day, equally distributed between the six ALS Units assigned, but on the day of the convention, 1825 911 emergency calls were handled by […]


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Yesterday the once notorios, feared and downright incouragable “Morse Brothers” visited Chester Barrows School in Cranston as guests of “Gramma Muggle,” aka Pat Blackman, friend and fierce supporter of our troops and the Providence Fire Department. Her “Little Muggles” have been sending letters and treats to the soldiers in the 1207th for a while now, […]

Living with it

  I used to wonder why I spent years unable to get out of my own way, love my wife the way she deserved to be loved, laugh, cry or find joy in anything. I used to wonder why I stayed distant, and never let anybody too close. I used to be on the edge […]

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Dwaine McIntosh
Twenty, again…and again!
Did 27 in Kingman Az. read ur deal on Facebook and yes a day comes when u pull the pin. Funny all the things that bring u to that point are in some respects why u stay. Other things like command and control locking the seat belt hanging the David Clarks /lighting it up the…
2015-04-24 21:45:28
Michael Morse
All the pills
Thank you Lynda, stay safe!
2015-04-24 17:52:41
Lynda Sanders
All the pills
This is the second post I have read by you and I can't wait to read more. You have masterfully described some of the dark aspects and experiences of this profession that are with us forever. ... Well I am definitely a fan :)
2015-04-23 17:03:34
I feel your pain brother. I was down in Mississippi with some of your brothers during Katrina. The same politics down there, suck our futures away up here in our every day jobs. These people have no idea what we go through. The emotional baggage that we carry and store away is a heavy burden…
2015-04-23 14:58:06
Mark Simpson
All the pills
What would you do if she told everyone she ate all the brownies? Could be some serious risk of violence.
2015-04-22 13:21:08

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