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Chief Quetta, 10 Year Anniversary LODD

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Lieutenant Quetta took the axe from my hands and simply said, “like this.” He put the flat part of the head between the door and the jamb, exerted some pressure and pulled the hinges away. He gave the axe back. “Now you.” I did exactly what he did on the lower hinge, the door fell […]

The Last Fire

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Life circumstances made up my mind for me. I had to “go to rescue.” Not quite the career path I had envisioned but I made the best of it. My wife got sick and couldn’t work, kids were looking at college, money doesn’t fall from trees and there was unlimited overtime in the rescue division […]

Starting a Line

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“Firefighters are far more comfortable charging, advancing, or flaking a line than they are starting one, but gaining intravenous (IV) access has equal importance in today’s firefighter toolbox.” My Engine Co. EMS column at Fire Engineering is live, thanks for reading!   https://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2018/12/engine-company-ems-starting-a-line.html    

The Last Christmas

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I Saw Lightning Fall hosts a horrifying Christmas story event most years; http://isawlightningfall.blogspot.com/2018/12/advent-ghosts-2018-stories.html?m=1   100 words, no more  no less. This is my contribution, I hope you find it terrible.   How quickly it ended; a flash of light, the sound of thunder then deafening silence. First the lights, then heat. Eventually the kindness and […]

Giving and Getting

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By Michael Morse She reached into her purse, dug deep and found what she was looking for. “You’ve been especially nice,” she said, “I want you to have these.” I looked around, made sure nobody was watching and conspiratorially took her offering. “I really shouldn’t, we’re not supposed to take gifts.” “You deserve it,” she […]

My Books

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My books tell our story. Great gifts too. Order today, be there well before Christmas.  Or better yet, have an e book sent to your favorite firefighter or medic’s device instantly.   Merry Christmas!     Rescue 911, tales from a first responder is a collection of short stories. Rescuing Providence covers a thirty-four hour […]

Sandy Hook

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This is a repost of something I wrote a few years ago, I updated it here and there to make it current.  Somebody from Sandy Hook read it and let me know that Christmas is alive and well in their town. Human resiliency never fails to amaze me. Peace on Earth, and Goodwill to Men, and […]

Privelege of being a firefighter

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My column at Fire Engineering is live, thanks for reading!   “We are all part of the human race; some days we seem to be winners, only to find ourselves behind the pack the next. One day I was serving people, the next I was saving them. But the greatest lesson I learned was that […]

Missing their Captains

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She actually apologized for calling us. “I didn’t want to bother you, but I can’t stand the pain any longer.” Her home was meticulous, nestled on a quiet street in the Mount Pleasant section of the city, surrounded by beautiful yet modest homes that showed the pride of their owners. The city has a few […]

He is Us

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See this guy? I see him, don’t recognize him, never met him, sadly never will but I know him. I worked with him for twenty five years. He is us. I know he’s made of different stuff than most, that he shows up, and does the job, and takes care of his family and doesn’t […]

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