My Books

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My books tell our story. 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 hour shift. City Life is a collection of short  stories written just after they happenned. […]

Jazmine

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“What’s your name,” I asked him as we helped him down the stairs. He lost his concentration and nearly fell as the next performer sauntered past us. Thankfully, one of us was fully focused on the job at hand and caught him before he went down. We slowly made our way down from the upper […]

Empty

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She sat in a dark apartment, with her coat on because it was freezing in there, two directors chairs that probably came from Wal-mart the only furniture in the place, other than a twin sized bed, without a headboard or sheets, but at least it was covered with a blanket in the tiny bedroom. She […]

Dying to help

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…Society is filled with people suffering from emotional and psychological problems. Many of these folks lead productive lives once helped by remarkably effective treatments; therapy and medication produce tangible results in the mentally ill. Some patients have given up on treatment, choosing to make their own way in the world unimpeded by modern medicine. Most […]

You People…

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A lady I know has had a tough month. Her son was struck by a car while walking in a snowstorm, broke several ribs, collapsed a lung and hit his head so hard he was knocked unconscious and ended up with a severe concussion. He was brought to the nearest hospital, stabilized and transported to […]

Addiction

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This blog is all about Rescuing Providence,  or more accurately rescuing the people who live, work and play here. But it is also my place. I come here when I need to sort things out, write a little and think a lot. I’m glad I had the opportunity  to do what I did for as […]

“You fellas do a heck of a job”

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The fire started in the kitchen, he told me, his mother and aunt had been drinking, and forgot about the pan of oil on the stovetop. It ignited, then before they could put it out the stove caught fire. It was an oil stove, he said, before they had natural gas. He was in the […]

Combative Patients

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Engine company members need to understand that an attack on them by a combative patient is not personal. The patient likely is seeing threats in the form of shapes and sounds and is reacting on an instinctual level. Treating the situation as a problem to be solved rather than a fight to win helps reduce […]

Life is just a Fantasy

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An old friend, Dr. Francis Sullivan, one of the finest ER Doctors anywhere stopped by my house yesterday, we got to gabbing about the old days, the new 30 minute on scene CPR protocol in RI and our kids. When we talked about what I missed most about my time in charge of an ALS […]

Pressure

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Just to prove I’m an idiot I decided to obsess about my blood pressure. First, I checked it in the rescue in the middle of a twenty-four hour shift. 148/90. Then, I did it at the hospital. 144/92. Then I did it again, and again and again, switching from the rescue to the hospital, always […]

Excessive Overtime

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Sometimes firefighters are in the news because they made a lot of money. If people only knew the toll it takes. From my new article at Fire Engineering.   . . .A person needs to set boundaries and adhere to them. I didn’t. We are our own worst enemy, thinking we are invincible yet proving […]

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