Small moments in other people’s lives

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She answered the call, in the background a baby, screaming. She sent an engine company, an ALS rig and the police, the outcome was not so good. She found out an hour later, and couldn’t  get the sounds out of her head. It got me thinking how of how many people are affected by every […]

When Is a Firefighter no longer…

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From my column at Fire Engineering’s Fire Life When is a Firefighter No Longer? 05/03/2017 By Michael Morse 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 […]

Fun and Games

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You would think that I would be over the public’s disregard for firefighters and their disabilities by now. You would think that I would laugh off the innuendos that I endure at the holiday parties, the little jabs at the cookouts, the sarcasm at the gym. I don’t laugh it off. I don’t say anything. […]

Community Paramedics in RI

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Community Paramedics in RI? You bet!   http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170428/in-ri-some-emts-will-perform-rescues-before-theres-emergency

Made in Providence

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By Michael Morse My great grandparents arrived in Rhode Island around the turn of the century. Paternally, they arrived in a freighter from Sweden, maternally from heaven only knows how from Ireland. They created quite a life for themselves and their offspring, and the generations that followed. Now that I’m retired I plan on finding […]

Love Someone

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Smoke fills the parking lot, obscuring the scene. It lifts a little, the crowd roars when the band steps out of their bus. A man is down, possibly injured, not breathing, no pulse. I need some rhythm, and the drummer and bass player start pumping. One beat a second, 1,2,3,4 and,2,3,4 and 1,2,3,4… The roadies […]

You do not need to be heroic to be a hero*

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*this article was published in the Providence Journal on Sunday, April 23, 2017. I wrote it shortly after reading an article by the Journal’s Mark Patinkin.   Anybody who has spent more than a few minutes with a disabled person will understand. Unfortunately most people do not spend more than a few minutes with disabled people […]

Pediatric response at Fire Engineering

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“Considering how difficult it is to produce a living baby to train with, using the Internet and pediatric textbooks is a wise alternative option. Brushing up on cardiopulmonary respiration (CPR) protocols is always a good idea; it seems the better I know something the less of a chance I will have to use those skills, […]

Fairy Tale

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Ten years ago, where are they now? She walked out of the group home, past me, up the steps into the rescue and sat on the bench, looking out of the rear window. I sat in the Captain’s chair and waited. Eventually she looked my way. “I heard you’re suicidal.” “That’s what they say.” “Who’s […]

Get a Job!

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Tips for a retired firefighter to crush the job hunt Our job search should be short, for who could deny a retired firefighter employment? Feb 1, 2015 By Michael Morse As a firefighter, there is nothing that we can’t do, no obstacle we will not overcome, and nothing we fear … except, maybe, what to […]

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