Getting Along

Entry Img

Patient # 1 sat in a kitchen chair, but the chair had had it, unable to bear her weight. It collapsed. Luckily for our patient, the floor broke her fall, but she did strike her head and hurt her neck and back. Fortunately for us, she was ambulatory, and we helped her to the ambulance. […]

Just like every other day

Entry Img

I rounded the corner and saw him lying in the grass in the backyard of a recently renovated home in the West End. From fifty feet away he looked okay, forty not so much, thirty I began to worry, twenty and I knew something was terribly wrong, the last ten feet just happened. His name […]

Good Day

Entry Img

“Rescue 1 and Engine 13, respond to 328 Calla St. for an infant not breathing.” Seconds seem like hours. Cars move like dinosaurs on the brink of extinction, sirens and lights ineffective. Gloves go on, mind racing, ghosts invade, I throw them out, the trucks move faster, picking up speed, three minutes pass. Before we […]

Going Back

Entry Img

Huge thanks to the firefighters assigned to Engine Co. 9 and Ladder Co. 8 at the Brook St. Station, especially Lieutenant Bob Cataldo and Firefighter Chuck Potter, it was a great visit! From one of my columns at Fire Engineering… My grandson loves fire trucks. He’s two, and he’s obsessed. When he hears a siren […]

Some things I still cannot comprehend

Entry Img

Four adults had her pinned to the floor, each holding a limb. Her foster mother stood to the side shaking her head. “She’ll be like this for hours,” she said. The guys from Engine 12 stood back and waited for some direction. We are not trained or authorized to use restraints. The patient, a ten […]

Can’t take it back

Entry Img

“You don’t like me do you?” he asked. It was late. We had been running all night, he had been drinking all night. He smelled. We smelled. He smelled worse. A lot worse. Days of piss dried onto filthy clothing reeks. It fills the back of the rescue instantly, making me retch. I could have […]

A Calendar for every body

Entry Img

  Firefighter Calendars are as plentiful as fruit cake this time of year, and everybody loves a firefighter, especially a scantily clad one. When I was young and pretty somebody asked me to be part of the Providence Firefighters Calendar. I refused, not because I didn’t think I would be a swell Mr. October, rather […]

Falling through the ice

Entry Img

My brother fell through the ice. He got out, but I don’t think he walked on frozen water again. I remember skating on the pond he fell through, and hearing the cracks, and stopping mid-stride, waiting for the ice to give in, and send me into the freezing water. I heard that there is an […]

A Lifetime Together

Entry Img

She sat in the chair; her chair, facing the doorway. She looked comfortable, all of her stuff was nearby, the crossword book, remote control, a cool drink on a worn table. She stared  as I entered, focusing her fear and anger at me. “She has Parkinsons, and has been forgetting things lately,” said her daughter. […]

The ripple effect

Entry Img

How many people are affected by every call we go on? Obviously, the people making the 911 call, then the dispatchers, then us, then the people who hear the sirens and see the lights, and get out of the way, or not. Neighbors, friends, family; everybody who sees a fire truck, police cruiser or ambulance […]

Page 5 of 144« First...34567...102030...Last »