We do a dangerous job. We knew that when we signed up. We reach out to each other in difficult times. We are there for each other - all the time! These words echo the words of almost every firefighter and paramedic who is challenged with saving lives and property everyday they are on the job. Shootings, stabbings, building fires, and car accidents are just some of the nail-biting daily experiences of these brave public servants.
Gary Ludwig has been a firefighter/paramedic for 37 years and has worked in two of the most violent cities in the United States (St. Louis and Memphis) for 34 years of those years. He gathers his experiences in this field and presents an honest overview of his experiences with the emotions, feelings, sights, and gut-wrenching efforts men and women in this field experience to save a life or property. This is the insider look at a profession few of us fully appreciate: This book gains the profession the respect that is due. This is a book filled with drama, compassion, and a true understanding of EMS and the fire service. Not since "Report from Engine Company 82" have stories like these been told in such a realistic way.
©2015 Gary Ludwig (P)2016 Gary Ludwig
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"A must read."
This book is a must read for anyone in the fire service and Emergency Medical Services. It is so real life as to what we do and experience everyday. This book would even capture the attention of the layperson. It is well written with such attention to details. Once you start it you can't stop.
"Incredible insight, not for the faint of heart"
Amazing career, but no logical flow. Had to skip parts as a parent, too heartbreaking.
"Wow what a journey.. a must read"
A very and I mean very vivid descriptions.. wow what a journey.. a must read
"One of the greats!"
Exceptional book, wonderful man, incredible mentor, highly skilled professional, amazing leader... Thank you Chief for representing STL, more so thank you for serving!
As a firefighter/paramedic myself, these stories remind me of some the calls that I have been on but definitely not to that extent. It gives the public a look into what the fire service does day in and day out. Gary Ludwig does a terrific job at describing some of the of calls someone goes on throughout their career. It is a must listen for anybody in the fire and EMS field or any politician who controls the purse strings for the fire service!
"He Captures It!"
Yes! Chief Ludwig captures what it is like to be on the front line with our nation's first responders in two of our most iconic cities. He introduces the reader to what is beyond the headlines and he absolutely captures the emotions, feelings, sights, sounds, and smells of what it is like to be a firefighter and paramedic. Sometimes I felt I was standing next to him and the firefighters as they performed their duties. An excellent listen!
I love how it was not just mono. He knew just when and where to raise and accentuate his voice at critical moments.
Beyond the Headlines!
"One story after another"
More in depth stories, not the rapid fire format that the book has...it's exhausting
This was just a compilation of one short story after another after another...
I expected a more in depth explanation of what it's like to do the jobs he did, not just a headline to headline succession of incidents.
"Must reading for everyone."
Here you take a first-hand look at first responders and how they do their job.
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone, not limited to those in the fire service. It is a true life look into the world of first responders. The story keeps your attention from beginning to end with laughter, sadness and triumph.
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