Stay Safe in There!

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They come to the emergency rooms looking for help, or are brought there by EMS or the police because they need help but don't know it. When they arrive they are treated with kindness, respect and professionalism. They are fed, given a bed and a blanket, a kind word, competent medical care and a safe […]

The Report

We're told our report is all we have if we end up in court. If it isn't written, it didn't happen, I've been told. Our words are the official record of what did happen, often the only record of events that help explain the seemingly unexplainable. I sat in the little room set aside for […]

The Drunks Who Cry Wolf

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I actually tried to rationalize the reason dozens of people passed the dying man, never slowed down, didn't get out of their cars or even call 911. "Grown men dropping are a common occurrence in the park, it just isn't unusual." She looked at me like I was crazy, as cars continued to pass and […]

The EMS

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I'm taking over EMS. I'm turning it into a national organization, and renaming it The EMS. New uniforms will be issued, black shirts and trousers, with a big yellow EMS in capitol letters emblazoned on the back, an American Flag on the left shoulder, and a Department of EMS patch on the right. Each and […]

Triple Cherries

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Kudos to The Leary Firefighters Foundation for their continuing support of the fire service. "The Leary Firefighters Foundation was established in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to a tragic fire in Worcester, Massachusetts that claimed the lives of Denis’ cousin, a childhood friend, and four other firefighters. The Leary Firefighters Foundation’s mission is […]

Remains

I've found a new reason to believe in a higher power. A dead person. Death is ugly, undignified, smells very badly and in no way, shape or form remotely resembles the person that occupied the body that lies on the floor, mouth open, dried vomit attracting hundreds of flies, and more bugs than I could […]

Everybody Look at the Bad Guy!

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She called us because she was in severe pain. I didn't ask why she didn't have somebody drive her to the hospital when I found her lying in the front seat, didn't even think about it. Her husband and kids were standing next to the car, you could tell they were concerned. We wheeled our […]

Moonlighting

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The fire service has been very good to me. I've put a lot into it, taken every opportunity to advance, gotten the certifications and commensurate pay raises. Overtime is abundant. That was a bonus I never saw coming, when I was hired in 1991 there was zero overtime, and that lasted for years. As the […]

Slammed

She was laying in the front seat of a car when we arrived, said he abdominal pain was 10/10, had a history of ovarian cysts and the pain happened suddenly, while she was walking to the car. She had spent the day cooking fish during a fundraiser, a fish fry, that raised a lot of […]

Dependance Day

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I'm in a pretty un-patriotic place right now, and I hate being here. I've got a brother in Afghanistan continuing the tradition of standing up for the citizens of this piece of land we call America, sitting in a god-forsaken mountain on a rock, no hamburgers and beer for him, the only fireworks the occasional […]

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