Feeling the Heat

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“It’s going to be a scorcher!” say the off-duty platoon members as their reliefs file in one by one on a July morning in Providence. They are off to the beach or to their air-conditioned homes, grateful that fate was kind and the schedule demons favored them–this time. “Attention Engine 2, Engine 12, Engine 7, […]

You are going to miss this

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By Michael Morse I learned a thing or two while I was running 911 calls. One of the most important things I learned was to always have a plan. More important than having a plan was having a Plan B. But it is of utmost importance to have a Master Plan: THE MASTER PLAN: ALWAYS […]

“I still don’t like Dr. Suess!”

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She is 23 and waiting on the sidewalk; beautiful girl, long dark hair down to her waist, pretty eyes and a giant smile. We look at each other, trying to figure out if we know one another, and if so, how. “She’s in here,” she says after a moment, and leads us inside. The house […]

Right in front of me…

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  We are called to a house on Elmwood Avenue, a boarding house, not known for the upscale clientele. We trudge up the stairs to one of the rooms, heavily fortified and completely unsanitary to find a 59-year-old male hunched over in an easy chair. His body is obviously wracked with pain. “What’s the matter?” […]

Get a job!

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By Michael Morse A part-time job after retirement seemed like a great idea, so I started thinking: Who would benefit most from the vast skill and experience I had to offer?   The Hospital? I was an EMT, after all, and rather adept at handling intoxicated people. Blood doesn’t bother me much, and CPR is […]

Engine Co. EMS; the frequent flyer

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“. . . The good news? These patients, more often than not, will survive our interventions–or lack thereof. The bad news? One of these days, and we never know which one, they will die. Their demise may just happen during one of your calls to assist them. It might happen shortly after you obtained a […]

20 Clues that your Dad (granddad) is a firefighter

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20 CLUES THAT YOUR DAD IS A FIREFIGHTER You’re a firefighter and let’s face it, you’re a little different from the rest. As the years go by, and the experiences pile up, parts of “the job” begin to define who you are. It doesn’t happen all at once, and most of the time you can’t […]

Captain Wishart

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From Rescuing Providence, 2010 ish. The ” babe” just got sworn is as Captain, Providence, RI Fire Department. She has more lives to save, congratulations Captain Wishart! Wisdom from the mouth of babes…. I dragged myself into Rescue 5’s

Heart keeps beating

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A Man fell to his death last night from an escalator at The Providence Place Mall. Two days after this was published.     My Turn: Michael Morse: A beautiful heart keeps beating     By Michael Morse Posted May 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM    A big part of my life was spent at the head of a stretcher. […]

Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend is in our sights, I try and remember why I’m able to enjoy it . . . I think of the people whose lives

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