When homeless is better than home

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It took a while to spot her, she blended in with the litter covering most of the empty lot. I’ve learned to look closely when called to this address. With nowhere else to go a lot of homeless people gather here. A couple of old chairs sat empty around a lonely tree, used condoms, discarded […]

Foreword

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I asked my friend, Greg Friese if he would consider writing the foreword for my book, City Life. I know that he enjoys my writing, so it was a fairly safe bet that he would agree. His words reminded me why I started writing about life responding to other people’s emergencies. Thank you, Greg, I […]

Top 10 reasons to write a Fire/EMS book

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10. If you are like me, by the time you finish you will probably have learned how to write one 9.  It looks cool on your bookshelf 8. They make thoughtful gifts when you forget to buy a gift 7.  People think you’re smart 6.  You can wear a smoking jacket and drink brandy from […]

On Second Thought…

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Thirty minutes on scene for EMS crews doing resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim seemed preposterous to me so I wrote a small post declaring the new rule “nuts.” I forgot that the EMS system where I worked (Providence Fire Department) for 25 years is actually what is “nuts.” Thanks to BH (even though he […]

30 minutes on scene

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Ihttp://cranstononline.com/stories/30-minute-cpr-protocol-raises-issues,120717 RI Department of Health enforces 30 minute on scene resuscitation. Considering Providence transports average under five minutes, and the public we serve are not the kindest bunch, and heavily armed to boot, I think I would have to break the rules. Defibrillate, CPR, IV and roll, more or less, run the rest of the […]

Innocence Lost

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Beautiful brown eyes. Heavy lids, struggling to stay open, too terrified to close. Bags under those big brown eyes and heavy lids, ugly, puffy, black and blue bags. The kind of eyes that haven’t rested in days, weeks, or years. Old eyes. Eyes that have seen too much. Wary eyes. Accusing, contemptuous. Hateful. She clung […]

Partners are a colorful bunch

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During my time as a Rescue Officer in Providence I worked with female partners, Hispanic partners, a Jewish Partner, a black partner, an Irish partner, and an Asian partner. Each and every one of them did the job and did it well. Some had strengths in one place; others were strong in other places.  We […]

I Hate Heroin

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Not Who You Think He was funny, larger than life, a decent guy, and a good firefighter. We knew he was a little off, but accepted him and enjoyed his unpredictability. Sometimes he simply forgot to come to work, and we covered for him; one of us would stay late, another come in early, and […]

Giving and Getting

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By Michael Morse She reached into her purse, dug deep and found what she was looking for. “You’ve been especially nice,” she said, “I want you to have these.” I looked around, made sure nobody was watching and conspiratorially took her offering. “I really shouldn’t, we’re not supposed to take gifts.” “You deserve it,” she […]

Getting out before it’s too late

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I ran into an old friend from the ER while I was at the supermarket. Five years have passed since I saw her, she looked ten years younger now. She’s still a nurse, only no longer in the ER, oncology her calling now. She is happy. Its amazing what time away from the nuthouse we […]

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