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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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  • Marvin Fisco Jr
  • 13-04-18

A Must read for Fire Service

Riveting and hard to put down from beginning to end. I enjoyed the stories and learned a lot from this book. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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  • James Paris
  • 29-03-18

Enjoyable reading!

This book was well written but also interesting for me because I am a firefighter/Medical First Responder. Even though I do not live in a large city much less do this full time, I still appreciated he insights offered by Gary Ludwig and his stories contained in the book. The reader gets a rather first hand view of what a life of a paramedic/firefighter entails. I recommend this for everyone but particularly for those who are interested in obtaining employment in this field.

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  • Brodie
  • 17-02-18

become a firefighter/paramedic

This is amazing for people thinking about becoming a firefighter/paramedic. accurately shows the good and bad sides of the job.

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  • Jimmy
  • 21-01-17

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.

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  • Matthew B. S.
  • 20-06-18

moving and powerful

Not for the faint at heart, but very moving and informative. I thought it would be preachy but it was not in anyway.

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  • kake
  • 25-02-18

Just okay

The narrator was robotic, monotonous, and pronounced a lot of terminology wrong. I usually get hooked on audiobooks but this one was just good enough that I wanted to finish it because I paid for it. The story was basically a collection of memories during the authors time as a medic in St. Louis and Memphis. I think the narrator made the already awkward writing even more awkward.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-17

Fantastic story but epilogue egotistical

This story is awesome! However I was rather disappointed in the last part where the author talks about '' what is a paramedic". I was completely sold on the authors character, humility and care for others by the end of he book but he kind of ruined it for me how he bragged himself up. What he described is every human being not just a paramedic........anyway a human being with God first in his life. Only gave it three stars because of that. the story is hands down a 5 star book. But the guy really thinks alot of himself..............

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  • Scott E. Mayer
  • 06-09-17

Interesting but not a literary masterpiece

As a EMT firefighter I found the book overall interesting and at times moving but The authors writing style is more like a incident report than a novel

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  • Nicholas McClurken
  • 11-07-17

Absolutely Captivating

This book opened my eyes to see what emergency response personnel went through. Its very depressing to see the hate these heroes get. All in all this was the best book I have ever listened to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-16

Incredible insight, not for the faint of heart

Amazing career, but no logical flow. Had to skip parts as a parent, too heartbreaking.