Kicking and Screaming

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I love this quote from Chief Croker, FDNY in 1908: “Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking […]

Jean Nate’

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“It’s not really pain, it’s pressure.” If I had a nickel for every patient who told me that, I’d have a lot of nickels. “When did it begin?” “A few days ago.” “Why didn’t you call somebody?” “I didn’t want to bother anybody.”   We attached the leads, she looked dreamily out the rear windows […]

Please, let me go…

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Random post from the past that refuses to go quietly into the night… PTSD is not always caused by a traumatic experience, years of not addressing frustration, hopelessness and helplessness is a big part of it.   We’re ready to leave the ER loading dock after dropping off a patient who was assaulted on Sunday. […]

Fathers

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The Enterprise as my cousin Rik Allen sees it now sits in Rod Roddenberry’s home. Rod commissioned the piece, it belongs with him, he owns it, as well it should be.

20 Clues your dad is a firefighter

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Dedicated to Captain Joseph Vinnacco and his family. Call your Dad, we don’t live forever!   You’re a firefighter and let’s face it, you’re a little different from the rest. As the years go by, and the experiences pile up, parts of “the job” begin to define who you are. It doesn’t happen all at […]

Keeping it Together

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Michael Morse 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. Manchester, Orlando, London, San Bernardino, Paris, New York, Germany . . . . The people who survive the attacks live through the most horrific […]

Pure Kindness

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Some of the most satisfying moments that I experienced while a member of the Providence (R.I.) Fire Department were the times that I spent connecting with kids on calls. Seeing their eyes light up when we arrived on scene, witnessing their fear transform to trust as the call progressed, holding them, carrying them and saving them […]

Anchor Baby

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My book, City Life is a collection of short stories that are a perfect summer, beach read. Here’s one from the book; Fifteen Body language, facial expressions, a few common words spoken are usually enough. So young, I thought, holding my index finger and thumb as if holding a card. She reached into her purse […]

June is PTSD Awareness Month

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I wrote this when I was nearing twenty. I made it twenty-five, but didn’t do much the last few years. I’m much better now…June is PTSD awareness month. By Michael Morse Twenty years ago I thought I would do this job forever. I had a dream: work until I was 60 and they threw me […]

EMS and Hunger

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“Rescue 1, Respond with Engine 12 to 167 Smith Street for a person choking.” “Rescue 1, Responding.” “Excellent,” I said to John, my partner for the day. He looked me out of the corner of his eye, pressed the button for the lights and flipped the switch that turned on the sirens. “It’s perfect,” he […]

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