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Like Clockwork

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Engine Co. EMS By Michael Morse “Rescue 1 with Engine 13, respond to Broad and Connor Street, at the nightclub for a reported shooting…” We were out the door in 30 seconds, on scene in two minutes. A hostile crowd waited, kind of contained by a few police officers. More were on the way, but […]

They tell our story, but it is their story too

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News reporters and their camera crew cover the same incidents we respond to, get in their vehicle and move on to the next one, never having a chance to process what they witness. Talking helps, but my guess is there will be other stories to cover before the horrific event of the day fades into […]

Fire on roof of Children’s Hospital

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Another great job by The men and women of the Providence Fire Department. People ask what I did for a living. I tell them I’m a retired firefighter. A retired PROVIDENCE firefighter!   “Greatest department in the country. Especially when you consider the good night lights tradition. I believe they participate in this. After all […]

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 […]

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