Tranquility Gone

They get their checks and drink them away, month after month, year after year. It's party day the first of every month, Christmas Morning, New Year's Eve, Your birthday, his birthday, her birthday, doesn't matter, the party is on. Until it ends, as it always does, in the back of one of our rescues. There, […]

This (Really) Just In…

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City of Providence to cut 100 firefighters or take back pay raise Download this show Listen Posted: 6/2/2011 1:32:26 PM Updated: 6/2/2011 1:52:03 PM Sources tell WPRO's Buddy Cianci, that the city of Providence is proposing cutting 100 firefighter positions if they don't give back a three percent pay raise that's effective this July as […]

This Just in…

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Tavares Calls on City Residents to Curtail Mayhem Mikko Morsso, Journal staff writer 0800, Wednesday,  June 1, 2011   Mayor Angel Tavares has asked The Providence Residents Association to absorb a ten percent reduction in criminal activity, medical emergencies and fires. In addition, he has declared that any and all hazardous material spills, leaks or […]

The Truth

Everybody thinks it's great to be busy. High volume areas are in demand, Paramedics and EMT's brag about the number of runs they do. *Newsflash* It sucks. Patient care crashes. Morale crashes. The ambulance crashes. I don't care who you are, and how many calls you do, and how many lives you save, and how […]

Language Barrier

It's 0700. Shift change. Fresh faces at triage, tired ones still pushing stretchers in. Different patients, similar stories. The shift that just left fought the weekend battle with us, was as punch drunk as we were, beaten down by the incessant barrage of patients, some drunk, some mentally ill, some bleeding, some dying. Some had […]


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I reached in and helped her out. She had fallen into the bushes, and the other residents were laughing at her, calling her Vanessa the Drunk, Vanessa the Whore, Vanessa the Pig. She isn't a drunk, whore or a pig, she's a sixty-three year old lady who drinks too much, and gets sloppy, and used […]

Rest in Peace, Sir

Entry Img I had the honor of meeting Edwin a few years ago, and though not quite the kind of meeting I would have liked, I was profoundly effected by his presence. October 21, 2008 He’s old, now, closer than ever to infinite eternity. His mind is gone, the brilliant thoughts that once sprang to life […]


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Three flights of trash filled stairs, cat urine overwhelming, barricaded door, filthy floor, empty fridge, a kitchen void of food, five hungry kids, girls with no shirts, babies with no diapers, hospital sheets instead of blankets, empty wall sockets, nothing to fill the plugs, no TV,no radio, no blow dryers or cell phone chargers, no […]

Memorial Day, 2011

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Remember to toast those that have preserved our freedom today. The Greatest Generation, the generations that preceded them and just as important, our generation. There is a war going on, If one American soldier dies fighting that war, to that soldier and those close to him, that war becomes just as deadly as any in […]

Legal Considerations

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She had been down this road before and was ready for me. "Do you know where you are?" I asked. "Right here at home, 572 Fedora Street, Providence, Rhode Island, USA 02908." "What day is it?" "Thursday, May 26, 0737 hrs, SIR!" she snapped off a crisp salute. "Who is the president?" "President Barack Obama, […]

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