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Recruit Class 362 on the Fire Boat; a quick photo set.

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This past Friday, I was given the distinct pleasure of accompanying Recruit Class 362 to the Fire Boat for their class picture. They seemed excited and appeared in good spirits, seeing as their graduation is just over two weeks away. (We all remember how that felt, don’t we?) Long story short, they seem like a […]

Leaving for Ireland today! (plus pictures)

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Be safe, everyone… I’ll see you all in about a week! ————— I had some film developed recently, and I thought I’d add a few of my (decidedly older) shots, just for kicks. I’ve always liked the grainy look of real film—almost unheard of in this age of digital. /RL

Recruit Class 360: congratulations, and good luck! (w/pictures)

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Happy New Year! Yes, I haven’t put up a new post since last year, but there were several factors that led to this: I wanted to leave the Nikon Festival instructions up for a while, so visitors could make sure to see them (be sure to vote if you haven’t already, and tell your friends/coworkers […]

Honoring our brothers in Buffalo.

The walkway at the National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial. It's paved with inscriptions about our nation's bravest, donated by their loved ones. The post I wrote many months ago still rings true, and I feel a twinge in my heart when I think about how much this memorial site means to so many people. This weekend, […]

Favorite posts thus far.

I was looking through some of my earlier posts today (I was trying to find one specific picture from the Academy), and I found myself having a damned good laugh while doing so. I had forgotten about some of these, but they're definitely keepers. Maybe you'll get a good chuckle out of them, too. First Due: We're […]


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A page from The Writer's Block, a cube-shaped book (get it?)  full of random ideas to jump-start the creative half of your brain.  I was flipping through it the other day and found this page. "Paramedic Engine 15 and Ambulance 15, respond for the cardiac arrest…" Dammit. I haven't even done the run sheet from the […]; publicity for RL!

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Tom Bridge, co-founder and author of came across Raising Ladders the other day, and he liked it so much that he posted a brief write-up in the WLDC daily feed. is a collective blog written by a diverse population of authors who all have one thing in common: they are all enamored with […]

A different view of D.C.

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The John H. Glenn Jr., Washington, D.C.'s 70'-long flagship fireboat.  It was built in 1962 for the FDNY, and was purchased by DCFD in 1977 for one dollar. All the air inside my drysuit escaped with an audible whoosh as I stretched the rubber neck seal outwards, à la Rodney Dangerfield. I struggled to stay […]

The next hoop.

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Some good news is being passed around today. I've received word that a handful of us paramedics are being pushed along into the next stage of the DCFD pipeline, starting Monday. There's some meetings, some more paperwork (I'm sure), but it at least it means that we're moving forward.  Sadly, it means that I may […]


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"Y'all better be alert! Best pay attention over here!" The members of Engine 15 and a truck company were standing around the scene of a gas leak; we had just shut the supply off when our attention was drawn to the shirtless man quickly walking up to us.  "You know why? You know why? Because […]

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