Brave: A Story of New York City's Firefighters

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•"Much has been written about firefighters, some of it by people who actually fight fires. Few of the books I have any knowledge of show the mindset of the firefighters with as much insight and candor as this book..." -from the foreword by Hugh Downs

•"Every so often a writer of substantive talent appears through the smokey background to perk up our interest in firefighters and firefighting. George Pickett is just such a man.... In The Brave you will come to know him and a valiant group of men as they speed from alarm to alarm in downtown New

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Overview

•"Much has been written about firefighters, some of it by people who actually fight fires. Few of the books I have any knowledge of show the mindset of the firefighters with as much insight and candor as this book..." -from the foreword by Hugh Downs

•"Every so often a writer of substantive talent appears through the smokey background to perk up our interest in firefighters and firefighting. George Pickett is just such a man.... In The Brave you will come to know him and a valiant group of men as they speed from alarm to alarm in downtown New York, where the buildings are tall and for the most part old, where bums and drug addicts populate the streets, and where the fire companies hardly ever rest. You will begin to feel that you too are a member of Engine 33, Ladder 9, and, after George's promotion to lieutenant, of some of Brooklyn's busiest fire companies. It is an empowering feeling, until you suddenly realize that these are among the very first fire companies who will arrive one fateful day in their future at the World Trade Center, providing our city with more courage, determination, and selflessness that we ever knew we had. You will then thank George Pickett for letting you into their lives."
-Dennis Smith, New York Times' bestselling author

George Pickett served for more than four years in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining New York City's Fire Department in 1969. He served in some of the busiest units in FDNY's history, and worked extensively in Manhattan's lower east side. Assignments included working in the ranks of firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain, and acting battalion chief. George worked in Engine 17 for a short period when they responded to almost 10,000 calls in one year. He became the captain of Engine 17, located in the "Fort Pitt" fire station, an area that saw tremendous structural fire duty. He was decorated five times for life-saving acts, and was injured over a dozen times during performance of his duties.
Since his relocation to Arizona, George has been the fire chief of two departments adjacent to Phoenix. As a fire chief, George served as the president of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association and as a director for the Western Fire Chiefs Association. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in fire science and management from the City University of New York-where he was a Beller Zeller scholar.
George lost many friends and associates at the WTC tragedy and flew back to New York to help look for victims at Ground Zero, representing his assigned fire department in Arizona. George has three adult children and lives with his wife in the Phoenix area.

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What People Are Saying

Vincent Dunn
The Brave is one of the best action stories I have ever read. I could not put it down until I was finished..
— Deputy Chief, FDNY (Ret.)
Mike Brown
George, I can’t believe that I even know anyone who could write something as incredible as this story. I am overwhelmed and impressed.
— Former President and Executive Board Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Richie Marinucci
George, wow! You sure painted a great picture of what it REALLY is like for the Bravest. Your book is excitement from start to finish. After reading your book, you come away with even more respect for firefighters, on so many different levels.
— Former President and Executive Board Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Karen Thompson
“Pickett unflinchingly peels away the glamour and heroism associated with New York’s Bravest...Hollywood take note! ,br>— Editor for the International Association of Emergency Managers
Dennis Smith
Every so often a writer of substantive talent appears through the smokey background to perk up our interest in firefighters and firefighting. George Pickett is just such a man.... In The Brave you will come to know him and a valiant group of men as they speed from alarm to alarm in downtown New York, where the buildings are tall and for the most part old, where bums and drug addicts populate the streets, and where the fire companies hardly ever rest. You will begin to feel that you too are a member of Engine 33, Ladder 9, and, after George’s promotion to lieutenant, of some of Brooklyn’s busiest fire companies. It is an empowering feeling, until you suddenly realize that these are among the very first fire companies who will arrive one fateful day in their future at the World Trade Center, providing our city with more courage, determination, and selflessness that we ever knew we had. You will then thank George Pickett for letting you into their lives.
— New York Times’ bestselling author
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883283377
  • Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,075,652
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Foreword

Much has been written about firefighters, some of it by people who actually fight fires. Few of the books I have any knowledge of show the mindset of the firefighters with as much insight and candor as this book...”
— by Hugh Downs
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    Inside the Life

    George, the story you tell of your life in FDNY is powerful, honest and complete. Few have written so well about a job we love so much. You leave us waiting for more of the intensity, brotherhood and tragedy. Glad you shared it with us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    5 Alarm authentic action

    During the years that George Pickett describes so vividly in The Brave, I worked as a firefighter in a neighboring fire company in the "west village." On several shifts, I worked in The Great Jones Street firehouse in Engine 33 and Ladder 9. I knew most of the firefighters mentioned in this action packed story and observed firsthand the life within the classic structure known as "Old Man Great Jones Street." George writes a rivoting, fast paced story filled with all the drama and resulting tragedy of firefighting during one of the most hectic periods the FDNY has ever known in New York City history. His accounts about life in that firehouse is so accurate that I felt like I was working another shift there when reading THE BRAVE. Pickett skillfully weaves the exciting fire action with more humerous and tranquil moments throughout the book that makes this story one that non firefighters can enjoy as well as all the brothers of the fire service.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2003

    Beyond 5 stars

    An excellent book, This and Report from Engine Co. 82 should be required reading material for all those wanting to become THE BRAVE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    Inside The Fire Lines Of New York City

    George Pictett has written and exciting and informative chronology of his heroic experiences as a NYC Firefighter. His joys, dangers, hardships, and emotional drain are all discussed in "TheBrave". The book is a tribute to the courageous firefighters of New York City. Once you start reading it you can't wait to find out what will happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    Meet the Brave of NYFD

    A thrilling ride down the streets of the east side of New York during the years before 9/11, written by a distingushed firefightern WHO WAS THERE. There is no end of information and feeling in this masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    Brave: A Story of New York City's Firefighters

    Every so often a writer of substantive talent appears through the smokey background to perk up our interest in firefighters and firefighting. George Pickett is just such a man.... In The Brave you will come to know him and a valiant group of men as they speed from alarm to alarm in downtown New York, where the buildings are tall and for the most part old, where bums and drug addicts populate the streets, and where the fire companies hardly ever rest. You will begin to feel that you too are a member of Engine 33, Ladder 9, and, after George¿s promotion to lieutenant, of some of Brooklyn¿s busiest fire companies. It is an empowering feeling, until you suddenly realize that these are among the very first fire companies who will arrive one fateful day in their future at the World Trade Center, providing our city with more courage, determination, and selflessness that we ever knew we had. You will then thank George Pickett for letting you into their lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Brave: A Story of New York City's Firefighters

    ¿Every so often a writer of substantive talent appears through the smokey background to perk up our interest in firefighters and firefighting. George Pickett is just such a man.... In The Brave you will come to know him and a valiant group of men as they speed from alarm to alarm in downtown New York, where the buildings are tall and for the most part old, where bums and drug addicts populate the streets, and where the fire companies hardly ever rest. You will begin to feel that you too are a member of Engine 33, Ladder 9, and, after George¿s promotion to lieutenant, of some of Brooklyn¿s busiest fire companies. It is an empowering feeling, until you suddenly realize that these are among the very first fire companies who will arrive one fateful day in their future at the World Trade Center, providing our city with more courage, determination, and selflessness that we ever knew we had. You will then thank George Pickett for letting you into their lives.¿ ¿Dennis Smith, New York Times¿ bestselling author

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