Archive for January2016


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The best thing about writing a book is you get to dedicate them to people you care about. I dedicated my first to my wife and kids. That sentence remains the best thing I’ve ever written, to me anyway. The second I dedicated to two college kids, one who died, the other who lived. Those […]

It Mattered

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Sometimes  I think it was all for nothing. Then I give it some thought. What we do matters. Nothing much tops that. “At the end of your career, when the ink has not only dried, but has begun to fade from the pages of history, it all becomes clear. You DID matter. You were one […]

The Next Generation

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Just when the old goat thought his get up and go got up and went, a kid from New Jersey sends me an e-mail, said he read “The Books,” asked if I would be interested in helping him with his class project. He’s 15 years old and a junior firefighter for his town’s volunteer fire […]

For Immediate Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Morse Post Hill Press has acquired the rights to Rescuing Providence and Rescue 1 Responding. The books are being released an all new bind-up which includes both titles, and will be distributed by Simon and Schuster, available at all major retailers and Bookstores on January 26, 2016. Rescuing Providence […]

Oh Well

Entry Img When something makes me uncomfortable I figure I’m either doing something wrong,  or something important. Exposing my demons through my writing definitely makes me uncomfortable, but if by doing so I can help another person who might be struggling,  how wrong can that be? Anyway, here’s  my most recent foray into something  uncomfortable. 

I know that I killed him.

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VinothChandar, via I know that I killed him. For years I’ve made excuses, avoided thinking about it, rationalized and lied to myself, but I’m as certain that I killed him as I am that the sun will rise tomorrow. For me anyway. He was an addict, and not a very nice one. More often […]

We Got This at EMS Today

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  I love blue t-shirts, so much so that my wife has threatened to burn them all to force me to be more colorful. This one is something  I would wear so often it would most definitely be bait for the fire pit – if she could get it off of me. On second thought, […]

Yup, I’m a Ding

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Yup, I’m  a ding, have been since I saw my first episode of Firehouse on TV. When Emergency!  came on it was all over. Proud and grateful to have had the opportunity  to Don the gear and live the dream for over two decades! My column at Fire Engineering tells a little more…

Medic, Paramedic or EMT

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I always felt a little uncomfortable using the word “medic” in my articles, blog and Facebook posts. I am not a Paramedic, and never tried to pass myself off as one. I’m trained to run a full code, administer cardiac meds, intubate and most of the things Paramedics do, but in Rhode Island it is […]

Dreams shattered or Fulfilled

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Having the opportunity to treat and transport the sick and injured is a gift, not a burden. Some days the runs seem endless, the people obnoxious and ungrateful and the system completely absurd. Other days, a seemingly benign call has the power to remind you just how fortunate you are. It is an awful place, […]

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