With Gratitude

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I think of the people whose lives ended in a foreign land, far away from their friends and families, and their last moments, looking into the eyes of a person they may have known only a little while, but whose bond holds them tighter than the blood shared among relatives or the fond memories of […]

Window of opportunity

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I tell people a back injury ended my career. That’s because people just will never understand that it was far more than physical injury that contributed to what finally broke me. http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/fire_life/articles/2015/may/maybe-i-should.html

Fast and Rosier

This time, I’m going to make a difference. Everything is working; the family called 911 five minutes after the symptoms began, Engine Company 11 arrived three minutes after that, oxygen was administered immediately, vital signs and neurological function assessed and a report transmitted to me. This time, everything is going my way. The family has […]

Top 10 reasons EMS gets no respect

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“I tell ya, I don’t get no respect!” If I had a dollar for every time I heard an EMT or paramedic say that one I’d be able to quit this stinking job. The pay stinks, people are idiots, the staff at the hospital doesn’t respect us, and the cops think they are running OUR […]

Should firefighters shop while on duty?

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I saw a couple of firefighters in the market today, I said hello without getting into the “I used to be one of you” routine and went about my business. Seems like yesterday that I was the one in the uniform, the one with the radio plastered to my ear, loud enough so I could […]

Cut the Cord

And a child is born,   another life,   another story begins.   This one arrives on a stretcher,   rolling through the doorway   at Woman and Infants Hospital.   It couldn’t wait,   couldn’t stand another minute   inside the womb,   of the woman who pushed it away   I said, It’s […]

How we look…

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  It looks like the people of Baltimore, with a few exceptions, have taken control of their city and sent the thugs, looters and rioters packing, for now. The picture of the citizens protecting the police from the angry mob was in my eyes a turning point. We are all people, doesn’t matter much to […]

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 […]

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Top 10 reasons EMS gets no respect
Or maybe you could simply point out that it should be "than" instead of "then" instead of continuing the trend of sarcastic "bashing".
2015-05-15 06:06:55
Nile Barnes
Top 10 reasons EMS gets no respect
Of course the mispelled (homophone) in the image for number 5, doesn't help folks respect the level of education.
2015-05-14 18:21:53
Should firefighters shop while on duty?
Absolutely - good point. Of course if you live a bit further north where snow , Ice and bitterly cold weather is around for 7 months it is a bit to chilly to be hanging outside the rig hoping for people to come talk to you. We park our rigs away from the direct line…
2015-05-14 17:20:27
Commissioner Carey: Go pound sand | Burned-Out Medic
[…] this: Emergency service providers AND THEIR EQUIPMENT stay together AT ALL TIMES so they can respond immediately to a call for service without stopping anywhere such as the station to pick up other crew members or […]
2015-05-07 00:21:13
Unlimited-Unscheduled Hours
Twenty, again…and again!
Michael, Congratulations again on that fine piece, your retirement, and the better place you are in now. I read that piece when you first put it on the blog and it stuck in my head. I didn't realize it myself, but I was entering a dark place too that went on for a few more…
2015-04-27 23:54:12

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