I wonder… Does he remember his friend being dragged from his side, hysterical, and a firefighter taking his place? Does he remember the collar going around his neck? His arms being held down? His legs tied to the board? A 16 Guage IV inserted into his arm? A mask covering his face? Me, pushing his […]


“I’ll do it,” said Hector.He was the only one among us who spoke fluent enough Spanish to articulate my desire to let this person pass peacefully. A minute at most, seconds from eternal rest. She was ninety-four. Earlier in the week we took her from her comfortable bedroom in a recently rehabbed apartment building that […]


"It appears we have an open and shut case, Mr. Watson! We're being sent to Pekin Street for a man who has stopped taking his medications." "Ah, Mr. Holmes, a quick ride to the hospital and back in service." "Elementary, my dear Watson! Tally Ho!" "There sir, standing by the side of the road. That […]


We forced a storm door and entered the home through the rear door. "Fire Department!" A low moan came from somewhere and the search was on. The guys from Engine 10 went one way, Ryan and me the other. Something that never changes, be it a fire, inspection or rescue run, companies stick together. We […]

Spence Kennedy

Every now and then I read a post from one of the many excellent blogs I follow that literally knocks my socks off. http://sirenvoices.blogspot.com/2010/01/resurrectionist.html Has anyone seen my socks?

Crazy Heart

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Tom Cobb wrote Crazy Heart years ago. Now it’s a movie getting some great reviews. Jeff Bridges recently won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the main character and there is a good chance he’ll win an Oscar. I met Tom through my Uncle Brian. The two have been friends and colleagues for years. […]

John in Condition Yellow

http://johninconditionyellow.blogspot.com/ John Higgs worked with the publisher of Rescuing Providence for a time, and edited an article I wrote for the Paladin book, The Paladin Book of Dangerously Fun Things. http://www.paladin-press.com/product/1050/New_ID_and_Personal_Freedom I just spent some time reading his blog, I think some of you will love it, (AD and TOTWTYTR.) I know I enjoy it.

A Power Within

http://www.susiehemingway.com/books/ Susie Hemingway”s book, A Power Within, Poems of Love came in the mail today. I plan on giving it to the Mrs. for Christmas. I can’t think of a better gift. I hid it in the basement after giving it a quick read. The quick read lasted over an hour, even though I had […]

Man-flu, Again

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXLHWmjA5IE I feel a sniffle coming on. Got my bell ready, phone nearby ready to call 911. Blankets piled high, remote ready. Batten down the hatches, man-flu is coming. I know, I already posted this, but the word needs to be spread about the pain and heartbreak caused by man-flu!

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