I want to feel it. Feel the thrill again, feel something. I want to look forward to coming to work. I want the people I work with to look forward to coming to work. I want the people who work at four of the five hospitals I go to stop asking "why did you bring […]

Quiet Desperation

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I liked Amy Winehouse, thought she had a sultry, bluesy soul, troubled but ultimately good. Didn't think about her till she died. I don't think about the thousands of twenty year olds that die alone in bed either. I'd probably like them, too, if I got to know them. Amy is gone. A lot of […]

The Nut Truck

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I had a few minutes to kill between runs for phsyc patients last night so I sold Rescue 1 on Craigslist and liberated the Dumb and Dumber van from our Repair Shop. It's been sitting there gathering dust since the movie production company left, figured I'd put it to good use. Considering half of my […]

Overheard in Rescue One

The young one had called 911 because the old one was talking in her sleep and felt dizzy. She had just arrived from The Dominican Republic. The middle one answered the door and led the crew upstairs to the bedroom. It was eighty degrees outside and one-hundred and fifty inside. The ladies were dressed accordingly. […]

What’s Next? Oh, That.

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It's Sunday at noonish. Rescue 1 in service. The other five are out. Three calls so far, will it stay quiet? Will something terrible happen? Will I care? No matter what happens next I'm writing a 500 word story. Stay tuned if you dare….   1218 hrs. Seizure, somewhere off of Broad Street. Somebody forgot […]


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What a waste. Great kids, good firefighters, good EMT's. They show up ready to put their skills to use. Most of them know their stuff, and are eager for the first call. It never takes long. From there it is a steady spiral into disillusionment. Nothing can prepare a person for life on an ALS […]

One Language, One People

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Somebody read my last post and asked, "why do you need to learn Spanish fast?" Good question. I think I have a good answer. More than half of the people who call 911 in Providence speak limited English, and half of those none at all. Providence is the starting point for many immigrants from The […]


If one person were pulled from a house fire in Providence our department would be overwhelmed.

Campfire Tour 2011

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The Morse/Bracket campfire song extravaganza begins it's backyard tour in two weeks. I've been working on the set list: One by U2 Rocky Raccoon by The Beatles Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash, or Social Distortion depending on my mood Can't You See by Marshall Tucker Rockin in the Free World by Neil Young   […]


She made him a shake, kissed him goodbye and went to work. The operation was still a few weeks away, he had been trying to lose weight the conventional way to no avail. Four hundred and fifty pounds at twenty-three, sad, lonely and isolated, he spent most days a prisoner in his home, watching TV, […]

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