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Lighting things Up

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This started as a Facebook post last week, I expanded it and it’s in the Providence Journal today. She was the coolest girl I knew. She grew up in the projects, raised a son, knew everybody, scared me a little and made me laugh. We worked on different trucks but the same shift, for the […]

Being There

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By Michael Morse A friend died unexpectedly at home. He was a year younger than me. I hadn’t seen him for a while, and that was okay with both of us. We have a lot of people we call friends; people we meet along our journey, people who are friends for a while, friends of […]

Stealing the Show

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My cousin Caroline, a teacher at the Broad Street School, right in the heart of my first-in district, asked me if I could visit her kindergarten class with the fire truck. She thought her students would love it. I agreed, and we set a date and time. I explained that I had transferred from Engine […]

I’m with you…

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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 stairs […]

The Routine

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I miss getting to work an hour early, the apparatus floor ghostly quiet, the boot room waiting, 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 stairs and entering the day room, hot coffee […]

It’s what we give

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Life is short. When we are kids our days seem endless, and days and weeks crawl by. As we age, and count our time on earth in years, then decades, we begin to see just how quickly it all passes. In our youth, we are fascinated with possibilities; anything is possible, and the world is […]

Heart of a Firefighter

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There’s something about Fire Chaplains. . .   ‘He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the Cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear.’ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6927345/Fire-chaplain-helped-Bataclan-victims-entered-burning-Notre-Dame-save-Crown-Thorns-relic.html

Friendship forged in fire

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By Michael Morse Before you know it, your career will be over. You may make it 10, 20, 30, or 40-plus years; it matters not, it goes by in a blink. I made it to 25, spent more time than I care to recall complaining about this or that, the shift coming in or the […]

Only Twenty

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Twenty years ago I thought I would do this job forever. I had a dream; work in Providence till I was sixty and they threw me out, then move to somewhere where they have a volunteer fire department and put my experience to good use. The department offered a 50% pension after twenty years, we […]

Hey Firefighter; don’t you dare apologize for working!

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I’m a lot like most firefighters I know; we work. We didn’t become firefighters because we were looking for the easy way. The fire service has been very good to me. I put a lot into it, took every opportunity to advance, got the certifications and commensurate pay raises. Overtime was abundant. That was a […]

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