Author Archives: Michael Morse

Presumptive Respect

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Rhode Island legislators saw the wisdom in passing the presumptive heart disease disability bill last night, not because they inherently understand exactly why firefighters who develop heart disease while on the job ( mandatory retirement at 60 in Providence) deserve it; rather the efforts of our union representatives lobbied them with facts backed by statistics […]

Firefighters vs. Taxpayers…until we die

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Exhibit A: Contempt for firefighters… http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20170918/editorial-firefighter-bill-needs-more-study Exhibit B: Truth about firefighting… By Michael Morse We love this job and thank the good fortune that was bestowed upon us that we are firefighters. And what‘s not to love? We eat like kings, occasionally get paid to sleep and watch TV, have a home away from home and […]

Another Elephant

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I remember going into the projects; a big white guy from the suburbs surrounded by big black guys from the city. I could sense the simmering resentment from the crowd, and saw contempt on their faces. Hearing the hate in their voices when they shouted “hurry up” was difficult to ignore. I learned how to […]

All the world’s a stage

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And now for something completely different . . . some days you feel like a rock star There is an indescribable rhythm in what we do while attempting to resuscitate a patient, chest compressions, 1,2,3,4, airway in, airway out, breathe, an IV established resembles a bridge to what is next; a shot of epinephrine (adrenaline) […]

Routine, uneventful, extraordinary

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I wrote down a lot of things during my time on the streets, glad I did, some things are worth remembering…   She’s ninety years old, a widow and bleeding uncontrollably from a surgical incision on the right side of her face. She had a “bit of skin cancer” removed earlier in the day. “Are […]

The Foundation Matters Most

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Enjoy the mundane EMS interactions

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  “…Every patient contact has the potential to be one of the memories that you will cherish long after you hang up your neatly pressed uniform for the last time. People are the only reason you are here. Never lose sight of that simple fact. Every time you respond to a call, a person is […]

Screaming Eagles

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Flashback Friday; When is a firefighter no longer? Is it the day he puts in his papers? The last night in the station? Driving away from the station after the final shift? When he says, “I’m home,” and stays there? Or is it when the fire in his heart diminishes and the thrill of responding […]

Meaning and Purpose

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I wrote this for the medics and EMT’s out there who find themselves in a rut. Trust me, it’s not all for nothing… There comes a time when you have already done more than you are going to do, and when that time comes for you, I hope that you can look back and remember […]

The Kids are Alright

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Give kids a chance and they will deliver; not all millenials and whatever the next generation is called are crippled by their parents and society’s new rules, most of them are just like everybody else, just living their lives as they unfold, and rising to the occasion when the opportunity presents itself. hottp://www.dailywire.com/news/20342/heroes-you-should-know-brave-texas-teens-save-over-amanda-prestigiacomo

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