I found a way to sort out some things that were bugging me, and poke some fun at the EMS system, myself, and the people who call us when I started writing this blog. I've told a lot of stories, had a lot of people visit and made more than a few friends along the way. Some of the stories were actually pretty good, and had a profound effect on myself and the people who read them.
Recently, we lost a good police officer, and none of our rescues were able to respond. It was frustrating, and the best I could do was to write about it long after the incident was over. It makes me feel better, getting things out of my head. When I write things, I do it for myself, and knowing that others will read my words is forgotten during the few minutes it takes me to get things down. It is during that time that I bring peace to whatever it was that needed sorting out.
Without knowing I was doing it, I also managed to bring some peace of mind to some people who were frustrated with what appeared at first glance to be a lack of concern on our part when one of theirs was down. By exorcizing some demons from my mind, I managed to help alleviate some growing resentment between our fire department and the police officers we work with.
A few days after the tragic LODD of Sargent Max Dorley, a friend, who is also a Providence Police officer called to let me know that he and his colleagues appreciated what I had written. The link, http://rescuingprovidence.com/2012/04/spinning/ was forwarded by him, and through social media, something I also like to poke fun at more often than not, things sorted themselves out.
I have gotten a lot of satisfaction from the response to this blog, but nothing made me more proud of this place than that. Sometimes I think this whole thing is little more than a place to brag, massage my ego and satisfy my never ending need for attention. It is nice to know that this is actually a whole lot more.
Thanks for reading.