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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

"Now that I’m finished with responding to other people’s emergencies, I think my best course of action is to sit back, enjoy a nice cold beverage, and let things come to me!" writes Michael Morse.

Staying Connected is a Life-or-Death Choice

"Parts of most of us have visited that dark, comforting place where there is no pain, shame, guilt, or sadness. I know for certain that the thought has crossed my mind, and I never told a soul, until now," writes Michael Morse.

What it’s Like

"When you are immersed in the public safety field, people ask questions," writes Michael Morse.  

10 Things You Will Miss When All is Said and Done

"It is better to have things to miss than to have never experienced anything worth missing," writes Michael Krueger.

Learning, Earning, and Burning

"There is an ebb and flow in the fire service, routine interrupted by chaos. The chaos gets the glory, but the routine keeps us sane," writes Michael Morse.

The Fire Truck That Stole the Show

"“A real firetruck!' shouted one of the kids, and I knew my time in hell was nearly through," writes Michael Morse.

Home Sweet Home

"I believe the places we call our home away from home reflect this tradition; we make do with what we have, and if we don’t have it, we make do," writes Michael Morse.

The Golden Minute

"They used to talk of the “Golden Hour” back when I was new at EMS; those precious 60 minutes between the onset of symptoms or a traumatic event and the arrival at the hands of a competent hospital staff. Times have changed, and so has EMS," writes Michael Morse.

Meaning and Purpose

"Everything we do is a thread that creates the tapestry of our life. Those of us who spent much of our time responding to other people’s emergencies can rest assured that what our time on earth weaves will be remarkable," writes Michael Morse.

The Privilege of Being a Firefighter

"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," writes Michael Morse.