Ten reasons more people should act like firefighters

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“Whoever said blood is thicker than water has never squeezed pressurized water through an old pump into three attack lines and a master stream, charged those lines on command, opened a straight stream inside a fully involved basement, knocked down a wall of fire, drained feeders on a freezing January night, packed a hosebed on […]

Albert

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I thought of Albert when I came across this image, I wonder if he is still with us. 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 […]

Saving Jesus

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It doesn’t  get more dramatic than a fully involved church fire. Firefighters on scene will tell the tale this seven alarm blaze for generations. If I were one of the fortunate that fought this fire I would probably carry on about how I saved Jesus. Thankfully, the firefighters that were actually there are much more […]

Going Back

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Michael Morse My grandson loves fire trucks. He’s two, and he’s obsessed. When he hears a siren in the distance, he is instantly alert, and he scans his environment for the source. If he could, he would find it, follow it, and be part of whatever it is that made the noise necessary. Kind of […]

The least we can do

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I am always amazed, humbled and grateful when a group of people sit for over an hour and listen to stories about what we do. I am a fairly good storyteller, but it is the stories themselves that hold their attention. Please, try to remember that what we do matters, people look up to us, […]

Top 10 reasons people should act like firefighters

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10. When one of them acts like a fool, the rest put a stop to it right quick. 9.They don’t care what color, race, gender, shape or whatever; if you can do the job; you are one of them. 8. If you are unable to do the job, and are in need of assistance they […]

Our Story

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I spoke for over an hour, about twenty people gathered around some tables that were pushed together in the middle of the small function room at St. David’s on the Hill listened. They had invited me to speak at their 2018 author event, so I told them how I learned how to put words suitable […]

Other people’s emergencies

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Waiting is the worst part, listening for the sirens in the distance, listening to her soft sobs in the bedroom, knowing she doesn’t want me to know how much it hurts. The engine company first, Warwick, RI Fire Department Engine Co. 6 from West Shore Road, great guys, polite, serious and efficient. Even in their […]

The political climate?

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“The current political climate” is a phrase that describes how dysfunctional life in the United States has become. The words are used by the media and politicians, as well as by people at coffee shops, bars and dinner tables, to strengthen their position on hot topics: Donald Trump, racism, Supreme Court nominations, global warming and […]

Spanning Generations

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  I always try and remember that what we do spans generations. . . 1954 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 […]

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