White Cloud

I went for a ride-along with the Watertown Fire Department a couple weeks ago as part of a story about first responders and the opioid epidemic here in the North Country. During my time with the firefighters, they called me a white cloud since we responded to not even one call during the more than six hours I spent with them. I'm grateful to be a white cloud; I'm grateful that no one overdosed that night. Here are some images I made during that lull weeks ago:

 The Watertown Fire Department Captain's hat sits on the dashboard of a fire engine rig on Friday, July 20, 2018.

The Watertown Fire Department Captain's hat sits on the dashboard of a fire engine rig on Friday, July 20, 2018.

 Firefighter Andy Flynn speaks into his headset while aboard the station's engine rig, riding around Watertown on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Firefighter Andy Flynn speaks into his headset while aboard the station's engine rig, riding around Watertown on Friday, July 20, 2018.

 Watertown Fire Department medical bag.

Watertown Fire Department medical bag.

 Watertown Fire Department fire coats. 

Watertown Fire Department fire coats. 

 (From left to right) Captain Derek Derouin and firefighters Andy Flynn and Jake Barney stand together outside the Watertown Fire Department Station #1 on Friday, July 20, 2018. 

(From left to right) Captain Derek Derouin and firefighters Andy Flynn and Jake Barney stand together outside the Watertown Fire Department Station #1 on Friday, July 20, 2018. 

 Firefighter Zach Cullen holds a dose of naloxone in his hand. All fire department engine rigs have medical bags with doses of naloxone inside. 

Firefighter Zach Cullen holds a dose of naloxone in his hand. All fire department engine rigs have medical bags with doses of naloxone inside. 

 Captain Derek Derouin shows off the Watertown Fire Department patch on the shoulder of his uniform. 

Captain Derek Derouin shows off the Watertown Fire Department patch on the shoulder of his uniform. 

 Firefighter Zach Cullen leans against the front of the Watertown Fire Department Station #2's engine rig in the garage on State Street in Watertown on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Firefighter Zach Cullen leans against the front of the Watertown Fire Department Station #2's engine rig in the garage on State Street in Watertown on Friday, July 20, 2018.