Archive for April2017

Made in Providence

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By Michael Morse My great grandparents arrived in Rhode Island around the turn of the century. Paternally, they arrived in a freighter from Sweden, maternally from heaven only knows how from Ireland. They created quite a life for themselves and their offspring, and the generations that followed. Now that I’m retired I plan on finding […]

Love Someone

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Smoke fills the parking lot, obscuring the scene. It lifts a little, the crowd roars when the band steps out of their bus. A man is down, possibly injured, not breathing, no pulse. I need some rhythm, and the drummer and bass player start pumping. One beat a second, 1,2,3,4 and,2,3,4 and 1,2,3,4… The roadies […]

You do not need to be heroic to be a hero*

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*this article was published in the Providence Journal on Sunday, April 23, 2017. I wrote it shortly after reading an article by the Journal’s Mark Patinkin.   Anybody who has spent more than a few minutes with a disabled person will understand. Unfortunately most people do not spend more than a few minutes with disabled people […]

Pediatric response at Fire Engineering

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“Considering how difficult it is to produce a living baby to train with, using the Internet and pediatric textbooks is a wise alternative option. Brushing up on cardiopulmonary respiration (CPR) protocols is always a good idea; it seems the better I know something the less of a chance I will have to use those skills, […]

Fairy Tale

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Ten years ago, where are they now? She walked out of the group home, past me, up the steps into the rescue and sat on the bench, looking out of the rear window. I sat in the Captain’s chair and waited. Eventually she looked my way. “I heard you’re suicidal.” “That’s what they say.” “Who’s […]

Get a Job!

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Tips for a retired firefighter to crush the job hunt Our job search should be short, for who could deny a retired firefighter employment? Feb 1, 2015 By Michael Morse As a firefighter, there is nothing that we can’t do, no obstacle we will not overcome, and nothing we fear … except, maybe, what to […]

The Little Old Lady

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  “It’s not really pain, it’s pressure.” If I had a nickel for every patient who told me that, I’d have a lot of nickels. “When did it begin?” “A few days ago.” “Why didn’t you call somebody?” “I didn’t want to bother anybody.” We attached the leads, she looked dreamily out the rear windows […]

What about her? World Autism Awareness Day

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World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd. She’s wandering on Hope Street, a busy street by anybody’s standards, no coat, blank expression, forward moving, no side glances, no look both ways, just straight ahead and oblivious. I stopped the truck in the middle of the road. “What’s the matter?” I asked. No answer, no sign of […]

Idle Firefighters to Search Neighborhoods for EMS Patients

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Providence, RI – The city of Providence has instituted a groundbreaking community medic program, and expects revenues to soar as a result. It’s called proactive paramedicine, and it aims to generate EMS demand rather than just waiting for it. Beginning Saturday, August 23, and continuing indefinitely, the Providence Firefighters will canvass the city’s streets on […]