Category: First Responders

Talking to Myself – On Alcoholism

January 21, 2016

I used to worry about an atom bomb ruining everything. I honestly believed that “The Russians” would someday figure out how to […]

The Ripple Effect: How Addiction Affects First Responder Families

January 6, 2016

by Michael Blackburn, CEAP, LADC-1, SAP Retired Providence Fire Dept. Battalion Chief, RI Sr. Vice President, Business Development   Drug and alcohol abuse and […]

New Year’s Day is Every Day

January 1, 2016

For me, New Year’s Day does not fall on January 1. The day that I decided to stop drinking alcoholically, life began […]

Alcohol Run: Barry the Bum

December 18, 2015

“Barry, you’re nearly sixty,” I said. “You have to stop drinking.” It was mid-day, the week before Christmas, and Barry had been […]

The Missing Link: Sobriety and Spirituality

September 16, 2015

Sobriety and Spirituality “A life of sobriety, for the sake of sobriety only, does not a contented person make.” The first time […]

“My name is … and I’m an Alcoholic”

August 28, 2015

The sense of freedom gained from stating that sentence in public is a better high than every substance designed to avoid living […]

Blindsided: Police Retirement

May 18, 2015

Retirement is not always kind to cops Forty retired police commit suicide per year, according to, a site dedicated to arresting […]

Suicide in the Ranks: Firefighters Moving in the Right Direction

March 4, 2015

“Mike was one of my best firefighters — a veteran of more than 20 years — one of those guys a chief […]

The Challenges of the Firefighter Wife

February 6, 2015

The firefighter wife or partner faces significant challenges.   Among the most highly visited blogs a few years back was one titled […]

EMS workers, how to deal with stress

January 14, 2015

How to deal with stress on and off the job. The last blog looked at factors, such as stress, that become health […]

EMS Responders – The Stress is Killing Us

January 7, 2015

EMS Responders – The Stress is Killing Us If you, as a child, told people you wanted to work in Emergency Medical […]

The Trouble with Sleep: A hidden hazard to firefighters’ health

December 30, 2014

Firefighting trains us to sleep light and wake at a moment’s notice with our physiology on alert. Those habits don’t exactly play […]

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