Open Fire House

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      On Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30 PM, the City of Providence will hold an open house at the Rochambeau Fire Station, 280 Rochambeau Avenue, to receive input and discuss potential reuse options for the property. The meeting is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to take a tour of the building and [...]

The media responds too

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  I thought of the reporters and camera people covering the daily tragedies we tune in, click on and listen to the other day. I hope they are OK. They cover the story we respond to, get in their vehicle and move on to the next one, never having a chance to process what they […]

Hurricane Harvey

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I wrote this shortly after Hurricaine Sandy hit my area in 2012. It was the first time I had to ride out a major storm at home. Big difference being at the mercy of nature rather than defying it. I’d rather be fighting it, but learned how it is just as challenging simply weathering the […]

A Real Refugee Crisis

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Excerpt from Rescue 911, available everywhere October 10, 2017… He’s twelve years old, been in this country for three years. He was crossing the busy part of Elmwood Ave, right in front of the library at dusk when either he walked into a moving auto or the moving auto hit him. The stories from the […]

The Pool

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He sat on the stretcher; skinny kid, good thing, too or the bullet that grazed him would have been in his body. I let him talk on his cell phone en route to the ER, didn’t bother me much, it sounded like he was talking to his mom who was pretty upset. He repeated over […]

No puedo respirar

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It’s crazy in there, people screaming, confusion and chaos so contagious even the dog looks worried. The old lady is lying in her bed, struggling to breathe. Surrounding her are her well-intentioned but completely useless family, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, and a grandchild or two. The old lady is sucking on her empty inhaler […]

You can’t go back, or can you?

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My grandson loves fire trucks. He’s two, and he’s obsessed. When he hears a siren in the distance, he is instantly alert, and he scans his environment for the source. If he could, he would find it, follow it, and be part of whatever it is that made the noise necessary. Kind of like his […]

General Alarm

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“Attention, Engines 10, 11, 3; Ladders 5 and 1; Special Hazards; and Division 1: a still box.” I kept my ears tuned to the radio while I chopped some onions, waiting to hear from the 10s. It didn’t take long. “Engine 10 to fire alarm, heavy smoke condition.” I chopped a little faster. At the […]

Kindness is contagious

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Toward the end of my days as a firefighter/EMT in Providence, RI things had turned pretty grim. Bitterness had crept into my psyche, anger and resentment too. How could the job I loved have turned against me, I wondered, every day worse than the one before it. The administration was clueless, the union indifferent and […]

Caregiver, or taker?

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He said she didn’t give him his medications’ she said she did. After 27 years of marriage, it had come to this. For the last seven years she was his caretaker. He was confined to his bed for the most part after three heart attacks and a stroke rendering him disabled. It looked like she […]

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