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Disposable Heroes

Disposable Heroes

4.9 16
by Dan Heidt
A firsthand dramatic account of a paramedic's experiences.

The emergency medical profession in New York City is a forever changing picture painted daily on a living canvas, by hundreds of incredibly talented and diverse artists, each with his or her own stories to live with. Disposable Heroes is my account of this, straight up and from the heart. Shockingly


A firsthand dramatic account of a paramedic's experiences.

The emergency medical profession in New York City is a forever changing picture painted daily on a living canvas, by hundreds of incredibly talented and diverse artists, each with his or her own stories to live with. Disposable Heroes is my account of this, straight up and from the heart. Shockingly serious, yet at times light-hearted and amusing.

Along with a few stunningly candid and graphic photographs, Disposable Heroes tells about the triumphs and frustrations of working with all types of people, during the time of their most pressing immediate emergencies, from firsthand dramatic experience.

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Disposable Heroes 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disposable Heroes is raw emotion packed with intensity, yet told with compassion. A great read that will both make you laugh and break your heart. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Myself found the book very true to the job. I work in EMS and can relate to the true feelings the author has towards the job. I fortunately had the opportunity to work with the author, and can honestly say, the man knows his stuff out there, and I was personally lucky to have learned from him. The author gives the real picture of how it really is out there for the few who can do this type of work. Thick skin is what you need to have and Dan Heidt has the thickest.Working Harlem like he did was not easy and to build a reputation like he had is everything in the EMS world.But as many of us we move on to work in other places, as did Dan and myself. I took with me a world of knowledge, learned from this man and his own experiences.If anything, it's what we learn from each other out there and Dan Heidt had alot to teach.His book portrays a definite true to life world out there. Some may find hard to believe, but Dan does his best to get the truth out there.
Linda_Blaisdell More than 1 year ago
This Is EXCEPTIONAL!!! I Have NEVER Read Anything As Close To The TRUE TO LIFE Detail Described In This Book. Dan Is REALLY GOOD At Bringing You INTO IT So That You ACTUALLY Feel Like YOU ARE THERE! I Laughed, I Got ANGRY, I CRIED... I could SEE The Scenes He Was Speaking Of. IF You NEVER READ ANYTHING ELSE, You Should READ THIS. It Gave Me A WHOLE NEW Perspective Into The World Of EMS and The PEOPLE Involved In Such An Undertaking, That Amount Of PATIENCE, COMPASSION, PRIDE AND LOVE OF YOUR JOB It Takes To Deal With The EVERYDAY ONSLAUGHT That At Times Can RIP The HEART Right Out Of You... Thanks Dan!!!!
Renee_Rogers More than 1 year ago
While reading Disposable Heroes by Dan Heidt it didn't take long before I felt like I was actually out there on the ambulance with him and his partners. There were times I needed to put this book down in order to catch my breath. This is a great book and a fast paced, action packed, page turner. A highly recommended read. Great job Dan. Writing, as well as, riding the ambulance. Renee Rogers-Sophia, NC
EddieOvertonIII More than 1 year ago
Hey Dan, in the midst of reading Disposable Heroes, and had to tell you what a phenomenal book it is. I've been assigned in Manhattan for 6 years and know many of the locations; Polo Grounds, 3333 Bway; which makes for an interesting read... Thank you for having the cojones to describe both the good and bad sides of being a civil service slave to the city.... Can't wait to read No Back Up. Stay safe. Eddie
HarlemsAngel More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and i thought it was the amazing!!!The way that things are written and desrcibed is in a way that you feel like your right there feeling the emotion as all of it is goin down.Its not like most books where you feel like the writer is talking like a robot,i felt liek the writer in this book was sitting right next to me telling me these stories.It was so interesting and you never know whats going to happen next.I loved it so much it only took me 15 hours to finish it and even after it was over i still didnt want it to end.I would definately recommend this book to anyone that like to feel like there right there in on the action,cant wait to read what he comes up with next...
Rachel_Turner More than 1 year ago
As someone who has been on the receiving end of EMS care. I have the upmost respect for Paramedics. So, I sought this book out I've read just about all of them. But Disposable Heroes is by far the best. After looking deeper into this book and the author I now have even more appreciation just what Paramedics and EMT's do.This book is absolutely amazing and a great read from page 1 to the very end. Once I started I couldn't put it down. Execept to catch my breath in between chapters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't realize just how heroic these special men and women are. Hollywood this book WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE. Everyone should know that EMS is totally the best. I've been on that stretcher I wish Dan had been my medic. 5 stars all the way. Rachel Turner Pine Bluff Arkasas
Charles_Borelli More than 1 year ago
Disposable Heroes by Dan Heidt is an absolute must read!!! As a retired United States Marine Corp veteran. Who served two tours in Iraq during Desert Storm, I can honestly say I would feel comfortable with Dan having my back. And as a health care professional presently, I can 100% epitomize with the author. Great job Dan. Fire stars well earned!!! My most profound respect for all EMS/MOS. Charles Borelli US Marine Corp Palm Bay, FL
PapaSmurf37W3 More than 1 year ago
Author Dan Heidt in "Disposable Heroes" has done an excellent job retelling his many calls as a paramedic in Harlem, NYC, while working for NYC*EMS and FDNY EMS after ex-mayor Giulliani merged NYC*EMS into the fire department. A few times you are made to feel like you are on the scene along with the EMT's, medics and the mayoral agencies. He is mindful of his non-EMS readers by keeping the gory details to minimum. I've spent 27 years in EMS with 24 in Queens. After reading Dan's book I started to feel I missed quite a lot by not working Harlem. I thought I had seen quite a bit working Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyversant, and Brownsville all in Brooklyn, NY. But that doesn't seem to be the case. I did miss a lot.
Gail_DeWispelaere More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Disposable Heroes I started to read it and couldn't put it down. I have known that people do, horrible things to themselves and others, but after reading this book, I have a new found respect for the author and all the other EMT's and Medics who have gone out to try and save people from their most disastrous moments. The author should be given some kind of medal along with every other EMT and medic who puts their life on the line for others each and every day. These men and women should be commended for their courageous and heart felt compassion which they put in every day trying to save strangers. I highly recommend everyone to purchase and read this wonderful book. Thank God for the wonderful people like the author of this book, and his fellow EMT's and Medic partners. I would give this book 10 Stars but they will only allow me to give it 5 Stars. Gail DeWispelaere, Macedon, NY
Allen_Sherman More than 1 year ago
I was recently given a copy of Disposable Heroes by Dan Heidt from a co-worker who claimed this book is outstanding. And these guys are off the chain. After reading Disposable Heroes in just one sitting I was absolutely amazed at what miracles these men and women perform on a daily basis and how devastating the job can be. Dan Heidt and his partners show they have some serious chops. This book is highly recommended for all, especially those thinking of pursing a career in EMS. This is a job I have new found respect for. Allen Sherman Physical Therapist Orlando, Florida
T_Hartman More than 1 year ago
Disposable Heroes by Dan Heidt. I thought this was an extremely gripping novel and a real page turner. Once I started reading the book I couldn't put it down and I finished it in one reading. Dan surely knew his stuff out there and along with his partners came off as real American bad ass good guys.I really felt as if I were in the back of the rig riding along with Dan and his partners.This is a must read for anyone in or thinking about joining the EMS profession.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read and I really learned a lot, in regard to just what that ambulance does, as it's racing past me with its loud sirens. Disposable Heroes made me laugh and other times almost cry. It will take you on a roller coaster ride through the eyes of an overnight, inner city paramedic. While making me feel like I was right there on the rig with the author. Sharon Dayton OH.
mrs_sprague More than 1 year ago
this was an amazing read, I could picture myself right there watching it happen, just like I was in the story.
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Rig_Rider More than 1 year ago
I found this book amazing. There were times I had to put it down just to catch my breath. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Not just Police, Firemen or EMS workers. EMS they do a lot more than just drive the ambulance. And Dan sure does a great job at driving that point home.