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He is Us

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See this guy? I see him, don’t recognize him, never met him, sadly never will but I know him. I worked with him for twenty five years. He is us. I know he’s made of different stuff than most, that he shows up, and does the job, and takes care of his family and doesn’t […]

Talking with teachers

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I was asked to speak at The Retired Teachers of Rhode Island’s annual meeting this year. I was worried about what to say, didn’t  think teachers and firefighters had all that much in common. My worries were unfounded, turns out we have the most important thing of all in common; the desire to help others. […]

How to avoid bullying

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I am busy developing new curriculum; rather than training and insisting firefighters become kind and sensitive to each other’s needs and emotions, I have devised a system that effectively alleviates bullying. It’s called Bully Back. 99.9% of the the insults bandied about the fiirehouse are simple ways of communicating that male dominated organizations have effectively […]

The Greatest Gift

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A beautiful woman struggled to breathe, sitting alone with only her memories in the middle of the night, waiting for help. At one time, she could do anything. Born in 1922, she had survived a lot of tough times: the Great Depression, World War II, the civil rights movement, marriage, family and all that goes […]

Ten reasons more people should act like firefighters

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“Whoever said blood is thicker than water has never squeezed pressurized water through an old pump into three attack lines and a master stream, charged those lines on command, opened a straight stream inside a fully involved basement, knocked down a wall of fire, drained feeders on a freezing January night, packed a hosebed on […]

Albert

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I thought of Albert when I came across this image, I wonder if he is still with us. The fire started in the kitchen, he told me, his mother and aunt had been drinking, and forgot about the pan of oil on the stovetop. It ignited, then before they could put it out the stove […]

Saving Jesus

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It doesn’t  get more dramatic than a fully involved church fire. Firefighters on scene will tell the tale this seven alarm blaze for generations. If I were one of the fortunate that fought this fire I would probably carry on about how I saved Jesus. Thankfully, the firefighters that were actually there are much more […]

Going Back

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Michael Morse My grandson loves fire trucks. He’s two, and he’s obsessed. When he hears a siren in the distance, he is instantly alert, and he scans his environment for the source. If he could, he would find it, follow it, and be part of whatever it is that made the noise necessary. Kind of […]

The least we can do

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I am always amazed, humbled and grateful when a group of people sit for over an hour and listen to stories about what we do. I am a fairly good storyteller, but it is the stories themselves that hold their attention. Please, try to remember that what we do matters, people look up to us, […]

Top 10 reasons people should act like firefighters

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10. When one of them acts like a fool, the rest put a stop to it right quick. 9.They don’t care what color, race, gender, shape or whatever; if you can do the job; you are one of them. 8. If you are unable to do the job, and are in need of assistance they […]

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