A Boy

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In 1999, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Hartford Courant about a police shooting in the city.   The newspaper reported that an unarmed 14-year old black boy had been shot in the back by a white police officer.  They put the story on the front page under the headline Family, Police Want […]

Lull

Today in Connecticut there are only 124 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.  This is down from a high of over 2,000 hospitalized.  Connecticut has had 4,287 deaths.  Yesterday only 1% (14 new cases) of the 1175 tested for COVID were positive.  I did have contact with a COVID patient, a SNF resident who was COVID positive […]

Room 134

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I hadn’t noticed this before, but my partner said it is true for many nursing homes now.  Since visitors aren’t allowed, the nursing homes put room numbers on windows so the family knows which room their loved on is when they come to visit. Another sad feature of many homes.  In the lobby they often […]

Molly, Mushrooms and Mayhem

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I just read an advance copy of Molly, Mushrooms and Mayhem,written by paramedic Jim Bollenbacker, who after a long career as a lawyer became a paramedic working concerts in the Midwest.  He has many interesting tales of his experiences and those of others covering the craziness of music festivals from the EMS perspective. Here in […]

Juneteenth

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Worked the city yesterday.  It was a beautiful day, a little on the hot side.  There was another large protest at the state capitol with the people later marching to city hall and then the police station.  People seemed to come from all over, white black, young and old, most carrying hand made signs.  The […]

Dribble for Justice! Dribble for Change!

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Tonight I participated in Dribble for Justice.  Dribble for Change.   I made a top score of 279 (trying five times and worked up quite a sweat). It is a part of a basketball training App called Home Court special BLACK LIVES MATTER activity. As part of the event, I also made a donation to the Equal […]

A New Team of Professional Crisis Workers?

The mayor of Hartford Luke Bronin is proposing “a new team of professional crisis workers who would respond instead of or alongside police to calls involving mental illness, emotional distress, trauma and addiction.” Hartford mayor commits to creating civilian crisis response team to handle certain emergency calls instead of police As he says in the […]

Reopening

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Connecticut reopened its gyms and swimming pools today along with indoor dining.  Unfortunately, neither my pool or the two gyms I go to reopened.  Nor word yet when they will.  Bummer. I had no desire to celebrate the phase two opening by going to a restaurant to dine indoors, so tonight i am in my […]

Harm Reduction

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Connecticut’s harm reduction workers are out on the street everyday trying to make the world safer for those caught in substance use.  This is particularly important in this time of COVID-19.  I am often questioned whether or not harm reduction – syringe services, community naloxone, overdose prevention sites, drop-in centers– are not just enabling users. […]

Kevin Andrews

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With all that is going on these days, I thought of Kevin Andrews, one of my first partners in EMS. I first posted this in January of 2011. *** In EMS, we cannot help but be shaped by our earliest partners. They are the ones who show us the way. I was lucky in that […]

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