Archive for November2020

Giving Thanks

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A quiet Thanksgiving…by Michael Morse November 25, 2020/Michael Morse by Michael Morse, contributing writer It’s not as if I didn’t have 364 days this year to get everything I need for the Thanksgiving Feast, but here it is, 3:30 on the day before and I’m compiling a list. Wine, beer, gravy, cranberry sauce, figs (yes […]

Thoughts on suicide

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I’ve been thinking about suicide a lot lately.* The pandemic, the election, loss of income, destruction of dreams, lonliness and despair have blanketed our consciousness all year, and now we are told the worst is upon us. People are suffering. People are losing hope. People are just hanging on. People need other people, yet we […]

DOA at Sunrise

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By Michael Morse “Rescue 1 and Engine 13, respond to 8276 Roosevelt Street for a possible DOA.” The definite “dead on arrival” was considering the repercussions of not dragging his old, grungy, completely unmotivated self out of the bunk and responding to the call. This was the 30th emergency medical services run in 33 hours. […]

Firefighter Veterans

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There were some tough guys back then, back in ’91 when I was a new guy and didn’t say much. Guys in their mid forties, guys who also didn’t say much but for far different reasons, guys who got on the fire department before it was a sought after position were the heart and soul […]