Opiates and the Elderly

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Eyelids flutter as the needle pricks the skin, no reaction after that, daughter and son sit close, expectantly, waiting for their mom to come around. She was okay an hour ago, they tell me, talking, walking, a little depressed, but alive. She had fractured her pelvis in August, and had been in rehab ever since. […]

Forty Firefighters Injured

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The administration in Providence, RI decided to cut Fire Department costs by eliminating D Group. The remaining groups absorbed the members from the eliminated platoon, and picked up 25% of the hours vacated by D Group.  I served the City of Providence on D Group for the first seven years of my career. They were […]

Seven Injured?

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Seven REPORTED injuries. I’ve never fought a fire without hurting something. I’ve said it before, “Firefighters work hurt, it’s just the way it is. Until, that is, the people we work for go out of their way to hurt us.” A lot more than seven firefighters were injured yesterday. http://m.providencejournal.com/news/20160416/7-providence-firefighters-injured-in-three-decker-fire

Battlefield Maryland

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http://county-firefighters-shot-in-temple-hills Thoughts and prayers for the victims.   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 […]

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 […]

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