Archive for May2020

Remembering

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Memorial Day I often think of the people whose lives ended violently, in a foreign land, far away from their friends and families. I imagine their last moments, maybe spent looking into the eyes of a person they may have known only a little while, but whose bond held them tighter than the blood shared […]

Days into Nights

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0800 I miss getting to work an hour early, picking up the paper from the ramp, the apparatus floor ghostly quiet, entering the boot room, smoke mixed with sweat and leather, gear lined up, squared away, waiting for bodies to fill it. I miss signing the accountability sheet, seeing who was already there, climbing the […]

1800 hrs.

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Night shift started at 1800 hrs. but most of us came in an hour early. The ones who didn’t came in even earlier. Didn’t want to miss anything. After turning in the pack, relieving your man and telling your officer, “I’m with you,” we would gather in the day room and talk. It never took […]

Remembering Who You Were

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By the time you are finished with your career in the fire service, everything about you will have changed. You will be old. You will be experienced. You will be confident, patient, and wise. Or, you will be old, disillusioned, angry, and bitter. The people with whom you started your career won’t be the same, […]

Agreeing to beat Covid 19

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Published in The Providence Journal, May 12, 2020 Covid19 has made an impact of all of our lives. It is a virus, does not choose sides, does not care about our politics, thoughts or opinions and has one purpose – to survive. It does not possess malicious intent, it simply is. It does not think. […]