Giving Thanks

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A quiet Thanksgiving…by Michael Morse November 25, 2020/Michael Morse by Michael Morse, contributing writer It’s not as if I didn’t have 364 days this year to get everything I need for the Thanksgiving Feast, but here it is, 3:30 on the day before and I’m compiling a list. Wine, beer, gravy, cranberry sauce, figs (yes […]

Thoughts on suicide

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I’ve been thinking about suicide a lot lately.* The pandemic, the election, loss of income, destruction of dreams, lonliness and despair have blanketed our consciousness all year, and now we are told the worst is upon us. People are suffering. People are losing hope. People are just hanging on. People need other people, yet we […]

DOA at Sunrise

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By Michael Morse “Rescue 1 and Engine 13, respond to 8276 Roosevelt Street for a possible DOA.” The definite “dead on arrival” was considering the repercussions of not dragging his old, grungy, completely unmotivated self out of the bunk and responding to the call. This was the 30th emergency medical services run in 33 hours. […]

Firefighter Veterans

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There were some tough guys back then, back in ’91 when I was a new guy and didn’t say much. Guys in their mid forties, guys who also didn’t say much but for far different reasons, guys who got on the fire department before it was a sought after position were the heart and soul […]

The Fight

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I’ve got three grandkids now, three people, all five years old, twins and a single, two months apart, two girls and a boy. When they learn about the events of September 11th, 2001 it will be decades old. They might ask me if I remember that day, or I might be dead and gone by […]

“Hanging out the windows.”

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“Attention Engine 2, Engine 12, Engine 7, Ladder 7, Ladder 4 and Battallion 3, a box alarm.” We were returning to quarters from a transport to Roger Williams Hospital and just so happenned to be right in front of 460 Charles St. “Rescue 3 to Fire alarm, on scene at 460 Charles Street, smoke condition […]

Mask up for Overhaul

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First week on the job; vacant house fire, fairly common I was to find out, arson for profit likely, we had it under control in ten minutes. Once the smoke had cleared, I took the mask off my face. Everybody else already had, felt kind of silly wearing mine. Felt even sillier when I realized […]

Firemen

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Thank you Scott Ellis! The firefighters I worked with and write about are among the kindest, fiercest, accepting and dignified people I have ever met, this story from Scott makes me proud to part of the fire service . . . Several years ago my wife Trish and I had a nice weekend roaming Connecticut’s […]

Because we were Firemen

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A new guy had a fat chance of grabbing overtime on the 4th of July, most of the spots were taken by the senior firefighters. Provdence used to man two task forces then, each consisting of two engine  companies and a ladder truck. Ten or twelve men, one engine to pump, one to feed and […]

Ready or Not, Here Comes 4th of July

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A new guy had a fat chance of grabbing overtime on the 4th of July, most of the spots were taken by the senior firefighters. Provdence used to man two task forces then, each consisting of two engine companies and a ladder truck. Ten or twelve men, one engine to pump, one to feed and […]

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