My Books

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My books tell our story.     Rescue 911, tales from a first responder is a collection of short stories. Rescuing Providence covers a thirty-four hour shift on Rescue 1 in Providence,  RI. Rescue 1 Responding is the sequel to Rescuing Providence  and follows up where the first left off; twenty-four hours later, a thirty-eight […]

Station Fire, 15 years and still struggling

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Surviving the Station Fire, fifteen years later… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire “Don’t you make fun of me!” she shouted at the super market customers who walked past her. People came and went, some gawking, some ignoring, some just glancing our way. A spilled gallon of milk rested between her legs, a bag of groceries sat next to her, […]

Burriville, RI LODD

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Beautiful moment during a heartbreaking time, citizens, career and volunteer, paying tribute to one of our own.   “We saw some incredible support today as we escorted our friend back to town; Providence Fire, Limerock, Manville, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, all of the Burrillville companies, Pascoag Utility, the workers from WellOne … but out of all […]

Some shoot, some respond

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Thoughts and prayers for the victims, thanks and respect for the people who respond, like Aaron Feis who died protecting his students. . . “Terror has no place in the mind and actions of the first responder. We are the antithesis of terror. We are representatives of the potential of humanity–the kindness, compassion, competence, and […]

It’s all fun and games, so nobody loses their mind

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Men, especially men who do tough jobs make fun of each other. We do it loudly, in public and don’t hold back. We exploit each other’s weaknesses for our own amusement. There is no honor or dignity in it, it 42nd Training Academy 1992 is not kind or dignified. We hurt each other’s feelings, then […]

In quiet desperation

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In homes all around us, behind closed doors and behind stoic faces that conceal the pain, horror, and resignation of caring for terminal patients are people who live their lives in heroic fashion; people that will never be acknowledged for their bravery or awarded medals or certificates of appreciation. They get up every day with […]

Getting Along

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Patient # 1 sat in a kitchen chair, but the chair had had it, unable to bear her weight. It collapsed. Luckily for our patient, the floor broke her fall, but she did strike her head and hurt her neck and back. Fortunately for us, she was ambulatory, and we helped her to the ambulance. […]

Just like every other day

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I rounded the corner and saw him lying in the grass in the backyard of a recently renovated home in the West End. From fifty feet away he looked okay, forty not so much, thirty I began to worry, twenty and I knew something was terribly wrong, the last ten feet just happened. His name […]

Good Day

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“Rescue 1 and Engine 13, respond to 328 Calla St. for an infant not breathing.” Seconds seem like hours. Cars move like dinosaurs on the brink of extinction, sirens and lights ineffective. Gloves go on, mind racing, ghosts invade, I throw them out, the trucks move faster, picking up speed, three minutes pass. Before we […]

Going Back

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Huge thanks to the firefighters assigned to Engine Co. 9 and Ladder Co. 8 at the Brook St. Station, especially Lieutenant Bob Cataldo and Firefighter Chuck Potter, it was a great visit! From one of my columns at Fire Engineering… My grandson loves fire trucks. He’s two, and he’s obsessed. When he hears a siren […]

Some things I still cannot comprehend

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Four adults had her pinned to the floor, each holding a limb. Her foster mother stood to the side shaking her head. “She’ll be like this for hours,” she said. The guys from Engine 12 stood back and waited for some direction. We are not trained or authorized to use restraints. The patient, a ten […]

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