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. […]

Going to Find Out

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I don’t know if people like me–people who are trained to respond and are confident in their ability to do so–see mass casualties differently than most. When I see images from the latest disaster, terrorist attack, or mass shooting flash across my screen, my eyes are drawn to the rescuers, not the victims. I focus […]

In the beginning…

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“Welcome to Providence,” my training officer said to us, sixty-four trainees all about to begin a career in the fire service. Some of us had experience, some did not. We were told to forget everything we knew or thought we knew about the vocation we had chosen, because now we were going to learn things […]

Kneeling

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The best time to kneel down is when you are helping somebody up. Did a lot of kneeling during my career, damn proud of those moments. https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-911-Tales-First-Responder/dp/1682612864 photo credit Eric Norberg  

Rescue 911 released

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Available today! The stories in my new book were written either in the cab of Rescue Co. 1, an Advanced Life Support ambulance with the Providence, RI Fire Department, or in my little office at the Allen’s Avenue firehouse where Rescue 1 was quartered with Engine Co. 13.

Scoop and run?

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He’s having a heart attack, so he had his wife drive him to the ER. He’s forty-eight, no history, but smokes like a fiend and has a drink or three every day. He’s pushing 300 pounds, and “knew this day was coming.” They made it to the hospital parking garage where he could go no […]

Insanity

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Saturday morning, 10:00. Twelve calls last night, two so far today. Ten yesterday. Seven hours to go. An overdose, heart attack, numerous drunks, a fall or two and a guy who smashed himself in the head with an ax three times before stabbing himself with a key hole saw and slashing his wrists with a […]

Respect heals; Contempt kills

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Once the patient becomes the focus of contempt, it’s time to go. You cannot view anybody under your care with contempt. Can’t be done. Once that line is crossed, your career as an EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, PA, Doctor or surgeon is over. O-V-E-R.   Ridicule is a form of contempt, but still acceptable under some circumstances.

Holding it together

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I’m watching the news, and there it is, again and again: Firefighters, medics, and police putting shattered bodies and psyches of the people who survived the killings back together. Las Vegas, Manchester, Orlando, London, San Bernardino, Paris, New York, Germany . . . The people who survive the attacks live through the most horrific moments […]

Another Overdose

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We arrived just as the crowd started losing control. “He’s dead,” my partner informed me as I began CPR. “I know.” “Why are you doing CPR.” “Cuz they don’t.”   Yeah he was dead. Yeah he was cold. Yeah he was going to stay dead.   Yeah, yeah, yeah. There’s ten people just saw him […]

Time to stop talking and listen

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I was fortunate. I worked side by side with black firefighters, trusted them with my life, and they trusted me with theirs. I never discriminated when somebody needed us, didn’t matter to me if they were white or black, or anything in between. Didn’t matter to the black guys and girls who wore the same […]

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