Competition vs. Achievement

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Who’s better? Me? You? I’m better, they’re better, you’re better, the better man wins! Better yet, let’s make everybody better. I’ve never been a competitive person. I like to win, and like it when my favorite teams win, but I really don’t get too unraveled when I or they don’t. I do have to admit, […]

Catatonic

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Its just a show, good TV, entertaining for some, devastating for me. A little kid is walking to school, blood splattered on his clothes; his mothers, his father had killed her. One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three… Just like that, I was there, ten , fifteen, jeez was it twenty years ago? […]

If you struggle with addiction, let me help

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The Thing I Feared Most Wasn’t Fire: A Firefighter’s Tale October 18, 2016 Back to Blog We firefighters belong to an exclusive club, the “The Brotherhood.” So do law officers and other first responders. We can come to think that membership in this club makes us special compared to the average citizen. We also like […]

Dead or Alive

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“Nobody wants to be the person to tell survivors that their loved one is gone. It was, by far, my most dreaded event in a career full of unpleasant moments. People tend to exist in a state of disbelief when somebody dies unexpectedly or even after a long illness; they often await someone else to […]

Captain Scrooge and other holiday stories

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  A collection of stories that I wrote during the Holiday Season is now available at Amazon, I think you and everybody on your early Christmas list will enjoy!

Coming alive at Sunrise

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I wrote this for Fire Engineering’s Fire Life Column, thanks for reading! “Rescue 1 and Engine 13, respond to 8276 Roosevelt Street for a possible DOA.” The definite “dead on arrival” was considering the repercussions of not dragging his old, grungy, completely unmotivated self out of the bunk and responding to the call. This was […]

The Joys of Dispatching

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Somewhere on Broad Street a man finishes his “half,” (street talk for a half pint of cheap vodka) stumbles around for a bit, then falls into the street, striking his head on the pavement. A couple of ladies on their way to their job cleaning houses on the East Side witness the event, and call […]

How do spend your day off?

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I love a cigar on cold Vermont night, a warm woman by my side, friends and family sitting across the dancing flames, some good dogs snoozing at our feet and the Milky Way above us, listening to the laughter. !

The Vomitorium

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I couldn’t believe it. I, the big I am, was diaphoretic. My face plastered to the cool tile floor, one arm draped across the bowl, the other wiping sweat from my forehead, my bowels churning like the Atlantic during the perfect storm; yet I couldn’t stop staring at the near empty toilet paper roll. I […]

Telling stories

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I wrote Rescuing Providence in 2005-06. I took notes during a three shift period, thirty-four hours without a break, more or less. The book focused on the people who call 911 and my reactions to them with a few flashbacks and a lot of interaction by phone with the family that waited at home. It […]

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