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A Paramedic's Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

LOVED IT

I think everyone would enjoy this book! Would definitely recommend to everyone, medical field or not! But what people have to realize is EMTs have to have a sick sense of humor to begin with walking into this profession. It is not because we don't have a heart or any fe...
I think everyone would enjoy this book! Would definitely recommend to everyone, medical field or not! But what people have to realize is EMTs have to have a sick sense of humor to begin with walking into this profession. It is not because we don't have a heart or any feelings, but because we wouldn't be able to last being an EMT if we sat there and cried about it. We encouter the bad, cardiac arrest, and good, child birth. We do what we do not because of the pay (it is not much believe me), but because we want to help patients in their time of need. High priority or not! So after reading this book, which I highly recommend, don't think of us as heartless because believe me, our patients impact our life one way or another. Every EMT would be able to tell you about their first CPR call or their first encouter with a sick child. We have feelings too, just a different way of showing them!

posted by --tricia-- on April 17, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

It's not just about EMS.. it's about US.

As a 911 EMT I certainly related to many of the stories in this book. It's all here... laughter, tears, the good calls the bad calls anyone in public safety will relate to the stories Kelly Grayson tells with humor, wit, honesty and style because we have lived them. But...
As a 911 EMT I certainly related to many of the stories in this book. It's all here... laughter, tears, the good calls the bad calls anyone in public safety will relate to the stories Kelly Grayson tells with humor, wit, honesty and style because we have lived them. But what about the rest of the world? Why would someone outside of "the job" want to read this? Because you're in here too. You're the patients, the families, the friends and the very grounding factor in the lives of first responders, "Ambulance Drivers", EMT's and Paramedics et al. It's a great read and I enjoyed it immensely because it's not just a collection of war stories; it's about the human condition and all of the emotions and trials that combine to make common experience an uncommon thing. See the world through Kelly's rose colored emergency lights, see EMS for what it really is and see who we (and you) really are.

posted by RockyD on August 24, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Amazing!

    I cannot praise this book enough. I wish that everyone would read this to understand the life of an EMT- amazing job Kelly, you have provided the world with a much-needed book that can make you laugh and cry at the same time. I can't name many books that can do that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Good

    Fast and livley never a dull moment funny and yet heartbreaking at times recomended

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Wonderful Read

    This book was a indepth look into the life of a paramedic. Most of the stories were extremely funny, but a few were heart breaking. If your thinking about becoming a parammedic or a EMT read this book. It will make you either love the idea or hate the idea.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Great book, but the last story is terrible.

    I loved this book. I could barely put it down. It's pretty inspiring for someone in EMS and offers a great look at some things most people wouldn't see unless they are in EMS. It's also pretty cool to read about "old-school" EMS for someone who has only had experience in "modern" EMS. The last story nearly had me in tears.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Strange but True

    Not really "strange", just a fun read from a fellow EMT whose has the talent for writing and a gift for Emergency Medicine. The format is easy reading, but the subject matter is deadly serious, for both the patient and the Paramedic. I hope you enjoy the humor that is so much a part of the job and the humor is what keeps us all going.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    kinda liked it

    this is an ok book. each chapter is a seperate story about his job, but the way it is put together isn't smooth. it jumps from year to year, job to job, with nothing to tie it together.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    wanted to like it!

    I was very interested in the subject but soon grew weary of the authors huge ego...i wonder what his real intention was in writing this book...perhaps just to stroke his ego? Even as he tries to acknowledge his huge ego and make light of it, it just doesn't ring true. What is most disturbing is his mockery and lack of empathy for those he supposed to be helping...more info than I needed! Overall I was disappointed that every story the author told had the sole purpose of inflating his ego? A frustrated wanna be doctor perhaps?

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Great humor and insight in the mind of an EmT

    Loved this book. I bought it several years ago and shared it with many of my EMT friends. it is a great read for anyone, even if you have no medical backround! It is very entertaining, a quick read with great humor.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Love this book!

    If you have an interest in medicine, or you are in the medical profession, then you would love this book. Grayson has a dry wit and sarcastic undertones and i love it! Being an EMT myself he has put down on paper the thoughts that run through my head. He did a very good job of portraying the every day life of an EMT. Awesome book. I laughed my butt off right from the beginning and shed several tears through out the novel. There is a lot of medical terminology, but most can be understood from context clues or easily researched.

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