Archive for May2012

Gimmie Shelter

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There's multiple gunshot victims near Manton Avenue, we're going in. The police are still responding, bodies strewn across two streets, yellow tape cordons off some areas, others are left open. It's about eleven at night, the city is just waking up. I can't help myself when The Stones Gimmie Shelter comes on the radio, and […]

Acute MI

Chest pain started @ 10:20 EMS called a@10:30 R-3 on scene @10:35 IV, EKG @ 10:40 asa, 02 and ntg @ 10:42 Transporting @ 10:44 Arrival at ER @ 10:52 Cath lab @ 11:00 Back in service @ 11:15   And that, my friends is my kind of report. Boo Ya.    

Five Hundred Dollars

Entry Img Charge the City of Providence $500.00 every time a surrounding community sends a rescue to the capitol city? How about we charge a twenty dollar co-pay to people who call 911 for a ride to the hospital instead. Last week's highlights (my shift, Rescue 5, not the whole city, or even close)   -a […]

Flying Low

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"You're flying low." "Eh?" She glanced below my waist. Suddenly, I was in fifth grade, all red in the face, twisting so my back was toward her, fixing things and wondering why suck a simple little thing still fills me with dread. It matters not that it was 0430, and the total package was a […]


Entry Img   Green Fields Of France     Eric Bogle   Well, how do you do, Private William McBride, Do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside? And rest for awhile in the warm summer sun, I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done. And I see by your gravestone you […]


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The hour grew late, not quite midnight, but close. A gentle mist obscured the WWII monument, the granite surface slick from the moisture that filled the night air. After a nice dinner at Hemmenway's, a trio walked through the park, relaxed, full and happy. The night called for some fun, and the daughter ran into […]

EMS World

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My article is up at EMS World, give them a visit and let them know what you think! Stories From the Street: "One minute you're on top of the world, the next the world is on top of you."   Today Providence, tomorrow, the world!

“It” Something to think about at TOTWTYTR's place. He's got more in the tank than most folks begin with. At the risk of sounding like a jerk, I can tell within seconds if a new EMT or paramedic "has it." You can't buy "it," you can't learn "it," and you definately can't fake "it." "It" […]

Are You Real?

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If you ever need a little pick-me up I strongly suggest visiting the local Kindergarten class. One of the little rascals actually asked me, "are you real?" Yes, I am real. The kids normally see us when things have gone badly. We show up and make the problem go away. At least for us. For […]

Dick Beaters

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My friend from The Twilight Zone re-appeared today at the Social Security office. Instead of the bologna and mayo torpedo show, this time she simply refused to move. Three State marshals, four Providence police officers, four Providence firefighters, two Rescue people and a couple of security guards couldn't move her. She yelled insults, called […]

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