Dead Old Guys

When I get an extra minute I like to visit some different EMS sites, one that I haven't been to in a while is always interesting.

So-I'm flipping through some older posts, one caught my eye, something to do with how to do well in a job interview and lo and behold, there it was:

"By doing what we are trained to do, performing the tasks that we practice, and study and perfect we are given the opportunity to profoundly effect the lives of people that we will in all likelihood never see again." – Michael Morse

Somebody who uses the handle Island Medic quoted something I wrote in an article at and uses it, or used it, I'm not sure if he still does, as the quote at the bottom of his forum entries.

Being a big fan of quotes from old dead guys I was stunned to see that I had joined their ranks. Stunned and surprizingly delighted.

Speaking of old guys, my friend Lou Jordan, EMS legend, told me once that all of this writing that I do means more than making money or selling books. He told me that I was impacting the future of EMS. I went along with him, but didn't really buy it, I figured he was simply massaging my bruised ego when the sales of my second book, Responding tanked.

But I guess he wasn't. Maybe, just maybe, all of this writing actually does mean something more than a means to promote my own agenda. I didn't start writing to sell books and articles, never really gave much thought as to what I was doing, it just felt right. I'm no smarter than the next guy, and definately am not a better EMT than most, maybe somewhere in the middle of the pack, skills wise. But I can string words together to make a cohesive sentance, and those sentances become paragraphs, and those paragraphs make chapters, and those chapters become articles and books.

And in those books and articles, hidden in the morass of words are little gems of wisdom, and somebody named Island Medic mined through, and found something he liked, and because of that I have joined the ranks of quotable dead old guys, and I still have a lot of living to do. I might even come up with some more gems. So stay posted!


  • Dan says:

    I spent a couple years as a volunteer EMT (and plan to do more once I'm settled from moving).  I work in business (in fire protection and life safety systems, go figure), and spent years as an active duty military officer before shifting over to the reserves.  So even though EMS never took a prominent role in my life in comparison with everything else, I'll still be reminded of some of your stories – both from the book and the blog – when something triggers the memory of something I've read here.  While I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a specific quote, the lessons and emotions certainly aren't lost…and I imagine they make themselves even more useful to a much wider number of people who actually work in EMS or the fire services for a living.

  • RI Schadenfreude says:

    Are either of your books available for Nook? Thanks

    • Michael Morse says:

      I'm not sure how that works, but Rescuing Providence may be. Responding used Kindle Direct Publishing, so I think that is exclusive, you can use the Kindle format on I phones and tablets maybe the nook, I really don't know, but thank you for the interest.

  • sarah says:

    Please carry on, I don't always understand some of the details, but your passion/humility and understanding/compassion often leaves me in tears and reminds me of how thankfull we mere mortals should be to you and all the other emergency services.



  • Islandmedic says:

    Capt. Morse, I replied to your message on EMTLife. Keep coming up with those gems. They mean more than you know to many of us.


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