Battlefield Providence

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The occupants of a black sedan opened fire “in the genearal direction” of police officers. The police had been called for a disturbance; 40 people involved in an altercation, running from the scene. Is this the best we can do? Thursday night in a small city, swarms of idiots and criminals descend. Close the doors […]

Student and firefighter injured

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Student and firefighter injured in early morning fire near Brown University. Student injured running out. Firefighter injured running in.   http://wpri.com/2016/04/14/student    

War at Home

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  Make no mistake—there is a war going on, here at home, right under the noses of the people we protect. People living honest, hard working, productive lives are the ones who need to be aware of the jagged edge we tread, but they choose to leave their blinders firmly in place. It’s not their […]

Moments in Time

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One of the best things about writing the book, Rescuing Providence was capturing a moment in time and the people who lived it. Lt. Bobby Dunne, pictured here doesn’t need my book to be remembered, he was larger than life, a great firefighter and a great man, and I miss him. He has a part […]

LaSalle Academy Visit

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It’s strange looking at dozens of faces, knowing that they are hoping you aren’t going to waste their time, or bore them, or expect them to participate in whatever it is you are talking about. I remember being in their place, trying to stay awake, trying to look interested and hoping for the best. I […]

Back to School

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I’ve been dreading tomorrow for months now. I’ll be at LaSalle Academy from 9:30 until 4:40, talking about memoir, firefighting, pet adoption, living with chronic disease, EMS, dreams and the reality of being a regular guy who lives with an adopted rescue dog, used to be a firefighter/EMT and tries to be a good companion […]

Whatja send da fire department for, she’s just dizzy!

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I always thought that a day in the life of a Providence Firefighter assigned to the EMS division would make a great book. One day I decided to take notes. I used one of those little yellow Post it note pads and scribbled away for four days. The books Rescuing Providence and Rescue 1 Responding […]

Captain Joe

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Captain Joe Fontaine was critically injured during yesterday’s fire. He spent the night intubated, cyanide poinoning suspected. *Joe’s sister just posted on Facebook that Joe is breathing on his own, and talking. Heres my first encounter with Joe: . It’s a snowy afternoon, 1992. Big city. Jeez its been twenty years… I’m assigned to Special […]

Saving the street

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Dear Mayor, The fire department you are intent on destroying just saved Eaton Street. 40 mph winds make fast moving fire. Fast moving fire needs to be met by fast moving, skilled firefighters. They saved the street, and maybe the city. Again. Ps Don’t forget the 2 Bagger going now in the West End   […]

House Calls

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It’s three in the morning, and she is alone in bed, not the bed she shared with her husband for sixty-one years, no, not that bed; never again that bed for her, Now she rests in the hospital bed in the front room, the one that used to be the living room. A few weeks […]

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