Stealing Vicodin People drive drunk. The beat other people up. They shoplift, set their houses on fire, don’t pay their child support and even steal drugs. They download kiddie porn, embezzle, cheat, lie and even murder. They do it all the time. The prisons are full of people who have broken the law and were caught. […]

Understanding Boston

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When we dream about fire, and fighting it, our packs are light, movement is easy, water is plentiful and the good guys win. Every time. In reality, movement is slow, and labored, our bodies feel like they weigh a million pounds and the water clock ticks incessantly in our heads. Being “in deep” isn’t a […]

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Wicked Pissa Dog Show

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Ben Pugh, the man behind Wicked Pissa Dog Show, a reality series focusing on Liam Murphy, one of the most charismatic people I have seen on TV in a long time introduced himself to me a few weeks ago through his other project, Uniform Stories, (more on that later.) During a brief video interview […]


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A new song from U2 comes on the radio, and the kid behind the counter carries on about how much he hates those whiners. He looks like a roadie from the latest Kanye West tour, neck tatoos, baggy bants and a hoodie; eyes hidded by the latest incantation of fashionable sunglasses and a half a […]

Think too much

So…I’m staring at a blank screen, fiddling with the keyboard and letting my mind wander. What I want to write is in direct conflict with what I will write. I want to write about the people in EMS that I see, and know, and relate with. These are the people that will never read what […]

The Story

About sixteen years into my career as a firefighter in Providence, RI I had an idea. What if I were to write down everything that happened during a four day tour on one of those yellow sticky pads, put the pad away for a little while, then elaborate on all of the notes that I […]

Narcan, Puzzles the Will Until St. Patrick’s Day is over, the Kindle version of Responding is on sale. $3.99 today, $4.99 tomorrow. Excerpt from the book Responding, by Michael Morse… Alone, in a dirty bathroom in an abandoned house, syringes everywhere, rat droppings, human waste, empty vodka bottles. Squatters found him. I’m surprised they called us.   To […]

Overheard in Rescue 1, very late

“I didn’t know you were gay.” “I’m not.” “You know that guy was hitting on you, right?” “The one we picked up in the gay bar?” “That just sounds wrong. Yeah, him.” “Yeah I know.” “Correct me if I’m wrong, but you seemed to like the attention.” “Well, he was kind of handsome and we’ve […]

Just a dog

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I wrote this post after I read the story that I linked to, and some of the inevieatable commentarry on various EMS sites. Different scenarios, I know, but a little common sense and empathy goes a long way. She’s deaf, and her dog helps her; lets her know when somebody is at the door, […]

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