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I spoke for over an hour, about twenty people gathered around some tables that were pushed together in the middle of the small function room at St. David’s on the Hill listened. They had invited me to speak at their 2018 author event, so I told them how I learned how to put words suitable […]

Other people’s emergencies

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Waiting is the worst part, listening for the sirens in the distance, listening to her soft sobs in the bedroom, knowing she doesn’t want me to know how much it hurts. The engine company first, Warwick, RI Fire Department Engine Co. 6 from West Shore Road, great guys, polite, serious and efficient. Even in their […]

The political climate?

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“The current political climate” is a phrase that describes how dysfunctional life in the United States has become. The words are used by the media and politicians, as well as by people at coffee shops, bars and dinner tables, to strengthen their position on hot topics: Donald Trump, racism, Supreme Court nominations, global warming and […]

Spanning Generations

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  I always try and remember that what we do spans generations. . . 1954 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 caught fire. It […]

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By Michael Morse One important thing I learned about the fire service and the brother (sister) hood; you get exactly what you put into this job. Expecting miracles without doing the work is a fool’s game. Expecting something as magical as true brotherhood to form between strangers thrust together by a common vocation is ridiculous. […]

Captain D’Ambra

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“On September 9th 2018, our lives were changed in a blink of an eye. Our father Captain Vincent John D’Ambra of the Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department was the victim of a horrific motorcycle accident which led to a traumatic spinal cord injury that we are now learning will change our lives forever. He is […]

Providence firefighter competes for America’s Best Firehouse Chili

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Dan Rinaldi does a lot more than make great chili. . . It was hot, blistering hot, the sun seemed to be inside the earth’s atmosphere, pounding her inhabitants with unrelenting heat. The A/C unit in Rescue 1 was useless, I was miserable, my partner was miserable, everybody was miserable. Everybody but Dan Rinaldi. We […]

Senators acting like Senators

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Rest in peace Senator McCain “Hello Senator Reed,” I said without considering that maybe he preferred to be left alone. It was too late to take it back so I pressed on. “Don’t you have people to do this stuff?” He chuckled at that, and replied with a little grin, “I sure do. Me!” We […]

Engine Co. EMS; The Calvary

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By Michael Morse “When the tones go off, and the call is for an EMS crew requesting assistance, know this: the folks who called for help are listening for your sirens, and are breathing a little easier knowing that the cavalry is on the way.”   https://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2018/08/engine-company-ems-the-cavalry.html  

The ups, the downs, the minutia

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She sat in her chair, looking out the window, waiting for the end. Thirty-seven years old, less than a hundred pounds, tired, depressed and dying. She wanted to stay at home, but her condition required a trip to the hospital, perhaps her last. Stone cold eyes greeted me, eyes that had given up the fight […]

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