Insanity

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Saturday morning, 10:00. Twelve calls last night, two so far today. Ten yesterday. Seven hours to go. An overdose, heart attack, numerous drunks, a fall or two and a guy who smashed himself in the head with an ax three times before stabbing himself with a key hole saw and slashing his wrists with a […]

Respect heals; Contempt kills

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Once the patient becomes the focus of contempt, it’s time to go. You cannot view anybody under your care with contempt. Can’t be done. Once that line is crossed, your career as an EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, PA, Doctor or surgeon is over. O-V-E-R.   Ridicule is a form of contempt, but still acceptable under some circumstances.

Holding it together

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I’m watching the news, and there it is, again and again: Firefighters, medics, and police putting shattered bodies and psyches of the people who survived the killings back together. Las Vegas, Manchester, Orlando, London, San Bernardino, Paris, New York, Germany . . . The people who survive the attacks live through the most horrific moments […]

Another Overdose

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We arrived just as the crowd started losing control. “He’s dead,” my partner informed me as I began CPR. “I know.” “Why are you doing CPR.” “Cuz they don’t.”   Yeah he was dead. Yeah he was cold. Yeah he was going to stay dead.   Yeah, yeah, yeah. There’s ten people just saw him […]

Time to stop talking and listen

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I was fortunate. I worked side by side with black firefighters, trusted them with my life, and they trusted me with theirs. I never discriminated when somebody needed us, didn’t matter to me if they were white or black, or anything in between. Didn’t matter to the black guys and girls who wore the same […]

Disability Vetoed

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A firefighter begins a career in peak physical shape, tested, poked, and vetted, then trains relentlessly until fit for firefighting duty. Sometimes, during a career that includes enormous physical and/or mental stress heart conditions arise, stroke happens, heart attacks occur and firefighters die or are disabled by the condition that was caused, all or in […]

Rescue 911 and DStrong at Barnes and Noble

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Dorian Murray, #Dstrong inspired the world with his courageous battle against Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. If ever you need proof of the existence of a higher purpose and need to see true grace in your fellow human beings spend some time with a family battling childhood cancer. It was my privilege and honor to care for and […]

Engine Co. EMS; Panic Attack

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By Michael Morse Not uncommonly, an emergency medical services (EMS) engine company dispatched to a cardiac call may instead encounter a person suffering from a panic attack. Panic attacks affect patients of all ages, but they often occur in the young and healthy. It is understandable that the EMS crew relaxes a bit when their […]

The things we say…

Things I’ve actually said out loud (some so often the response is automatic): “Is that thing loaded?,” (dispatched for an emotional male only to find an intoxicated, suicidal male with a gun to his head). “Make it snappy!,” (my new partner needed a little nudge getting to the truck for the fourteenth time in 12 […]

Am I Okay?

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Shots fired into a crowd on Westminster Street in the West End, just past midnight. One person shot, hole in his hand and another in his thigh, near a femoral artery. The wounded leg grows as the seconds tick, blowing up to twice its normal size. “It’s just a leg shot, I’ll be okay, right?” […]

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