Archive for February2018

One at a Time

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It is always more horrifying when there is a mass casualty, but for the person being killed, only one matters. I treated a lot of gunshot wounds during my time as a firefighter/EMT. I saw a lot of dead kids. Most were involved in something illegal, many shot themselves, none ever had a chance. Kids […]

Living the dream

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  I first felt it nearly twenty five years ago. A glow in the distance, cold wind snapping through the tiller cab, not needed to keep me awake, the promise of fire in the distance got my heart pumping. A tillerman on the Providence Fire Department heading toward a two alarm fire in the middle […]

Misery Schedule has been posted…

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Due to the overabundance of misery in the emergency medical field, of which yours truly is an active participant, I hereby suggest the following schedule of miserableness be implemented: 0800-1000 hrs Firefighters 1000-1200 hrs EMT-Paramedics 1200-1300 hrs Lunch-misery at will 1300- 1500 hrs Nurses 1500-1700 hrs Doctors 1700-1900 hrs Security 1900-2000 hrs Dinner-misery at will […]

Station Fire, 15 years and still struggling

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Surviving the Station Fire, fifteen years later… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire “Don’t you make fun of me!” she shouted at the super market customers who walked past her. People came and went, some gawking, some ignoring, some just glancing our way. A spilled gallon of milk rested between her legs, a bag of groceries sat next to her, […]

Burriville, RI LODD

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Beautiful moment during a heartbreaking time, citizens, career and volunteer, paying tribute to one of our own.   “We saw some incredible support today as we escorted our friend back to town; Providence Fire, Limerock, Manville, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, all of the Burrillville companies, Pascoag Utility, the workers from WellOne … but out of all […]

Some shoot, some respond

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Thoughts and prayers for the victims, thanks and respect for the people who respond, like Aaron Feis who died protecting his students. . . “Terror has no place in the mind and actions of the first responder. We are the antithesis of terror. We are representatives of the potential of humanity–the kindness, compassion, competence, and […]

It’s all fun and games, so nobody loses their mind

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Men, especially men who do tough jobs make fun of each other. We do it loudly, in public and don’t hold back. We exploit each other’s weaknesses for our own amusement. There is no honor or dignity in it, it 42nd Training Academy 1992 is not kind or dignified. We hurt each other’s feelings, then […]

In quiet desperation

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In homes all around us, behind closed doors and behind stoic faces that conceal the pain, horror, and resignation of caring for terminal patients are people who live their lives in heroic fashion; people that will never be acknowledged for their bravery or awarded medals or certificates of appreciation. They get up every day with […]

Getting Along

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Patient # 1 sat in a kitchen chair, but the chair had had it, unable to bear her weight. It collapsed. Luckily for our patient, the floor broke her fall, but she did strike her head and hurt her neck and back. Fortunately for us, she was ambulatory, and we helped her to the ambulance. […]

Just like every other day

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I rounded the corner and saw him lying in the grass in the backyard of a recently renovated home in the West End. From fifty feet away he looked okay, forty not so much, thirty I began to worry, twenty and I knew something was terribly wrong, the last ten feet just happened. His name […]

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