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Lieutenant Michael Morse of the Providence Fire Department (Rhode Island), has worked on engine, ladder and rescue companies during his 16-year career. His current assignment is Lieutenant, Rescue 1. Lieutenant Michael Morse is the author of Rescuing Providence.

According to the book description of Rescuing Providence, “Lieutenant Michael Morse of the Providence, Rhode Island, Fire Department takes you along for 34 nonstop hours in the life of a big-city fireman/emergency medical technician. Ride through the tough streets of South Providence, the historic mansions on the East Side and the tattered but emerging West End as Morse and his EMS team respond to drug overdoses, heart attacks, car accidents, gunshot wounds, suicides, alcoholics, premature births, broken bones and other medical emergencies that are all in a day’s work for them. The brave men and women who make up our nation’s EMS system willingly risk their lives every day to save people they don’t know and often cannot communicate with. See for yourself how difficult, frustrating and at times heartbreaking this job can be, as lives are lost, scarce medical resources squandered, futures altered, and hope abandoned and then reborn. Despite this, most rescue workers cannot imagine doing anything else. For them, every day is different, every patient is unique and they know with certainty that they make a difference in people’s lives. And, as Lieutenant Morse so eloquently states, sometimes it is the rescuers whose lives are saved by the job they do. This touching, humorous, life-affirming memoir offers intriguing insight into the human condition and the best and worst of our 911 and health-care systems.

On reader of reader of Rescuing Providence said, it “is a fast-paced book in which the author, Michael Morse, takes you along for the ride as he and his fellow officers respond to 24 emergency calls in a 34-hour period. Morse is a surprisingly good writer who makes you feel as if you're right there with him as he races from one call to the next. But this isn't the Hollywood version of rescue work, where every call is a major event. This is the real deal, meaning that Morse spends just as much time handling minor injuries and carting drunks to detox as he does dealing with matters of life and death. In fact, it's in many of these smaller stories that the real heart of the book lies, as we see the compassionate side of the people who help not only those in real need of emergency services, but also those who simply can't help themselves. Morse's book ought to be required reading for all prospective firefighters and EMTs. For the rest of us, it's a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the people who do a critical job that is often dangerous, sometimes thankless, but ultimately rewarding.”

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On reader of reader of Rescuing Providence said, “Lt. Michael Morse takes you inside a very unique and incredible society without you having to be a member of it. You don't have to be a firefighter, EMT or even remotely involved in either field to be taken in by this moving, funny and brilliant work - you just have to be human. Michael is not afraid to tell you about the good, the bad or the indifferent in this book. He just takes you inside a world where you never, ever know what you're going to walk into - or if you'll walk out of it alive and sane. If for nothing else, read this book to appreciate all that you have in life - and all that you do NOT have to deal with.”

On reader of reader of Rescuing Providence said, “Having been a firefighter in the next town over, and occasionally responding to Providence, I can tell you this book is the real deal. Providence is a city in crisis, barely held together by its public safety teams. A must-read to understand urban fire and rescue today.”

About the Providence Fire Department

According to the Providence Fire Department, it “protects human life and property from fire, prevents fire by monitoring property owner compliance with safety ordinances, provides "first responder" emergency and services, and educates the community through school and neighborhood programs.”

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