Normalization of Deviance of Sexual Harassment in EMS

Yesterday I was strolling about the internet reading and stumbled upon an article on a local New Jersey news website about a $195,000 civil settlement related to repeated sexual assault on a female EMT by her male “chief.” This settlement and related events were discovered through an OPRA request (non-disclosure by both parties was a... Continue Reading →

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My Father’s Daughter

When I was a kid my dad had a Camaro. Before you get too excited, it was a beater. I hated this car. I was 10 and had already discovered the necessity of “cool”- this car wasn’t it. 1967 body with primer grey and rust accented exterior, ripped up black leather seats (the front passenger... Continue Reading →

The Pit of Fear

The true terror began when I saw the room. A friend sent me a photo of the room I was to be speaking in at my first national EMS conference just a few days before the event. As soon as I saw it the pit of mindless fear opened in my belly. Until that point,... Continue Reading →

The Courage to Write.

Initially, I thought I arrived here by “accident.” I can be a bit rambunctious and not everyone can appreciate that, so I ran into a little trouble at work and avoiding a long story that will bore you, I found myself looking for a new gig. A few weeks later, I went on an interview... Continue Reading →

The Silent Killer

 There is a great hypocrisy in the world of Emergency Services.  Our job is to help people in any circumstance, at any time, at any place usually where unimaginable scenarios present themselves.  These are the worst days of peoples' lives, but they shouldn't affect responders...at least that is the popular conception within our circles. This... Continue Reading →

Just Keepin’ It Real

A few nights ago I was relaxing and reflecting on how I got to this point in my life and reminiscing about the people and circumstances that helped mold me into the person I am today.  One person in particular came to mind, although we haven’t spoken in many years. I wondered what happened to... Continue Reading →

I Used to Love Her

Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes Shakespeare In Love Do you remember what it was like when you first fell in love?   Something about that person piqued your interest.  Your brain perked up, bright and alert.  You couldn't wait to hear from them or see them again!  Even the briefest encounter or conversation was played... Continue Reading →

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