Keeping them safe

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They don’t have to know about any of it. We let them imagine how bad it can be, and allow them the luxury of thinking that they have imagined it right. They don’t have to bear the burden of life at its most raw and powerful. They have the luxury of watching the world go […]

Mutual Admiration Society

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Just when I think I’ve got it all figured out and have finally reached the pinnacle of EMS greatness, I’m reminded how quickly things can change. One minute you’re on top of the world; the next, the world is on top of you. The latest meeting of the mutual admiration society was in full swing […]

You’re the doctors

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“You’re the doctors,” he said, and stood in the doorway, arms crossed. Ray and I had been through EMT school together and knew CPR, and a whole lot of other stuff that we had never actually performed on a real person. Knowing something and being confronted with the reality are far different things. The ALS […]

City Life Excerpt

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From EMS1 Editor’s Note: City Life, a collection of Michael Morse’s interactions with the people he encounters as an EMT, paints a vivid picture of life in a small city. These are stories of triumph, loss, tedium and hilarity. Inspiring and concise, the book provides insight into life at its most raw and powerful. “Rescue […]

Working Christmas?

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Christmas is the day where all work stops, families reconnect, and life is lived the way it is best lived; by not working! Unless, of course, you’re working…   But don’t despair, I have thought long and hard and have developed 7 reasons why it’s okay to work on Christmas Day.   1) Everybody else […]

Making Spirits bright, (even sick ones!)

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Here’s an idea for those unfortunately working on Christmas  Eve and or Christmas  Day; spend a few bucks, fill a sack with goodies and turn your patient’s frowns upside down when they get an unexpected  gift from the last people they expected one from. When you give a little you get a lot! She reached […]

Where are our leaders?

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A popular special education teacher died from injuries sustained following a hit and run accident in Providence last week. It took eighteen minutes for a mutual aid ambulance to arrive on scene. The local news station investigative team did a follow-up report. Somehow the message at the end of the report left viewers questioning whether […]

Siren in my ear

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Its a beautiful late fall day, temperature a ridiculously beautiful 60 degrees, I’ve got the radio on, window down and I’m driving on West Shore Road, a two lane quiet little roadway that runs from east to west through Warwick, RI. Theres barely any traffic on this stretch of roadway and I’m enjoying the ride. […]

Some gift ideas

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If you have been looking for a gift for somebody on your list who enjoys reading, may I suggest one of my books? Rescuing Providence is the first book I wrote, it was published in 2007 by Paladin Press. Some have said that it helped them decide to pursue a career in emergency services, which […]

Remembering Sandy Hook

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A few weeks ago I talked with Bernie, the first Paramedic to respond to the massacre at Sandy Hook. We talked for an hour, and a friendship was started. He mentioned that nobody has ever asked him what he saw that day. “We can imagine,” I said, immediately regretting it. He snapped at me, and […]

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