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 […]

Everybody else’s lights

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Its a lonely time for the cops, firefighters, dispatchers and medics. Our homes and families are miles away, the Christmas lights we spent our days off perfecting shining for everybody but us. The people behind the lights are the reason we find ourselves out in the cold, patroling the streets, answering the bell and keeping […]

Looking for the fire

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I heard sirens last night, off in the distance, not close enough to cause and concern, until they got closer, and closer, and closer… I actually got dressed, left my cozy little home and went searching. Never found the source of all the racket, but I guess I have officially become a Fire Buff. I […]

Change is not so good

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EMS has changed a lot since I started picking drunk people, overdoses and shooting victims off the streets, doing CPR at 50 MPH, IV’s at sixty, pushing the same five drugs hundreds of times, skipping backboard because they were stupid and saving lives while we were being reckless. Not sure if things are better or […]

The 51st

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Congratulations to the newest members of The Providence Fire Department! The graduates: “Every person who raises their right hand and takes the oath of office is from that day forward until the day they die a firefighter. While never forgetting who we were before, we know that we will never be the same. It is […]

Taking it with you

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  She sat across the room, ten, maybe 15 feet away. I don’t think that she was aware that I was aware of her, and her condition. Last week she told me that her due date was two days away, which made her five days overdue. She was uncomfortable, and so was I. I couldn’t […]

Talking with the public is always a surprise

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I was explaining the intricate choreography needed to effectively fight a building fire to a small crowd of people who came to my talk at the library Tuesday night, I was focused on the PowerPoint presentation on the screen, thought I was losing the crowd with my over explaining things, was stunned to see the […]

Talking about Tradition, the Past and the Future

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Bagpipes, the dress blues, stories of friendship, of sacrifice, of bravery, camaraderie and accomplishment; these are the things that drew me to the fire service. The bucket brigade, Jakes and Pikemen, then Laddermen and Hose Jockeys, horses in the barn pulling the steamers, dalmatians, bells and whistles, airhorns, sirens, flashing lights and everything that ties […]

Police doing their job on Rt. 95 in Providence

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The Rhode Island State Police and Providence police were forced to put an end to a volatile situation on a highway bridge yesterday. The driver of a vehicle that led the police on a high speed chase refused to exit his vehicle, the doors were locked and windows darkly  tinted. He attempted to barge his […]

Thoughts and prayers are not political

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Michael Morse It was a ritual that I developed while moving on from tragedy in other people’s lives: I would find a quiet spot, close my eyes, clear everything out except the people whom I had just met–living or dead, and acknowledge their presence in the world and in my life. I didn’t have a […]

Books by Michael Morse, PFD (ret.)

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If ever you wondered what it is like to be a first responder these are books written by one giving the reader a front seat view of that world. If you are a first responder and would like others to know a little about what you do when you are at work these books tell […]

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