Archive for September2017

Another Overdose

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We arrived just as the crowd started losing control. “He’s dead,” my partner informed me as I began CPR. “I know.” “Why are you doing CPR.” “Cuz they don’t.”   Yeah he was dead. Yeah he was cold. Yeah he was going to stay dead.   Yeah, yeah, yeah. There’s ten people just saw him […]

Time to stop talking and listen

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I was fortunate. I worked side by side with black firefighters, trusted them with my life, and they trusted me with theirs. I never discriminated when somebody needed us, didn’t matter to me if they were white or black, or anything in between. Didn’t matter to the black guys and girls who wore the same […]

Disability Vetoed

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A firefighter begins a career in peak physical shape, tested, poked, and vetted, then trains relentlessly until fit for firefighting duty. Sometimes, during a career that includes enormous physical and/or mental stress heart conditions arise, stroke happens, heart attacks occur and firefighters die or are disabled by the condition that was caused, all or in […]

Rescue 911 and DStrong at Barnes and Noble

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Dorian Murray, #Dstrong inspired the world with his courageous battle against Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. If ever you need proof of the existence of a higher purpose and need to see true grace in your fellow human beings spend some time with a family battling childhood cancer. It was my privilege and honor to care for and […]

Engine Co. EMS; Panic Attack

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By Michael Morse Not uncommonly, an emergency medical services (EMS) engine company dispatched to a cardiac call may instead encounter a person suffering from a panic attack. Panic attacks affect patients of all ages, but they often occur in the young and healthy. It is understandable that the EMS crew relaxes a bit when their […]

The things we say…

Things I’ve actually said out loud (some so often the response is automatic): “Is that thing loaded?,” (dispatched for an emotional male only to find an intoxicated, suicidal male with a gun to his head). “Make it snappy!,” (my new partner needed a little nudge getting to the truck for the fourteenth time in 12 […]

Am I Okay?

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Shots fired into a crowd on Westminster Street in the West End, just past midnight. One person shot, hole in his hand and another in his thigh, near a femoral artery. The wounded leg grows as the seconds tick, blowing up to twice its normal size. “It’s just a leg shot, I’ll be okay, right?” […]

Presumptive Respect

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Rhode Island legislators saw the wisdom in passing the presumptive heart disease disability bill last night, not because they inherently understand exactly why firefighters who develop heart disease while on the job ( mandatory retirement at 60 in Providence) deserve it; rather the efforts of our union representatives lobbied them with facts backed by statistics […]

Firefighters vs. Taxpayers…until we die

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Exhibit A: Contempt for firefighters… Exhibit B: Truth about firefighting… By Michael Morse We love this job and thank the good fortune that was bestowed upon us that we are firefighters. And what‘s not to love? We eat like kings, occasionally get paid to sleep and watch TV, have a home away from home and […]

Another Elephant

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I remember going into the projects; a big white guy from the suburbs surrounded by big black guys from the city. I could sense the simmering resentment from the crowd, and saw contempt on their faces. Hearing the hate in their voices when they shouted “hurry up” was difficult to ignore. I learned how to […]

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