Heart behind the Hero: A Heartwarming and Inspirational Collection of True Firefighter and Paramedic Stories from across America

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Curt Yoder, a twenty-five year veteran firefighter of the Costa Mesa Fire Department in California, and his wife, Karen, bring you this heartwarming and inspirational collection of true stories, essays and poems from firefighters and paramedics across America.

These touching and beautifully written stories, from the hearts and souls of the firefighters and paramedics who wrote them, reveal the emotions, feelings and spirit of today's American ...

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Overview

Curt Yoder, a twenty-five year veteran firefighter of the Costa Mesa Fire Department in California, and his wife, Karen, bring you this heartwarming and inspirational collection of true stories, essays and poems from firefighters and paramedics across America.

These touching and beautifully written stories, from the hearts and souls of the firefighters and paramedics who wrote them, reveal the emotions, feelings and spirit of today's American firefighters and rescue workers.

Experience, through their own words, the emotional trauma of holding a dying child--and the fear and adrenaline rush of battling a wild fire.

Relive the drama as they recount their responses to America's most recent heartbreaking tragedies--the bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

Laugh with them as they tell stories from their rookie years--and share their sorrow and pain as they pay tribute to their own, their brothers and sisters who sacrificed their lives doing the job they loved.

The Heart Behind the Hero offers an in-depth insight to the lifestyles and daily thoughts of these brave men and women who, while waiting to serve those in need, develop lifetime bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood.

This book is sure to warm the hearts and souls of all firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical professionals and citizens who wish to catch a glimpse of...

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The Heart Behind the Hero is a compelling anthology of true life stories, essays and poems contributed by firefighters and paramedics across the country. Touching, inspiring, heartwarming, dramatic, superbly written and presented, The Heart Behind the Hero reveals the emotions, feelings, and spirit of today's American firefighters and rescue workers in their own words. The humor, pathos, heartbreak, and hard work is clearly evident as the contributors pay tribute to their colleagues and comrades who sacrificed their lives doing a job they loved in service to the communities in which they lived. Here is a fascinating "window" into the lifestyles and thoughts of brave men and women whose heroism is routine and whose sacrifices are the stuff of which legends are made.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970048721
  • Publisher: Stoney Creek Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 506,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Foreword xv
Introduction xix
I. The Heart Behind the Hero: Calls that Touched the Lives and Hearts of Firefighters and Paramedics across America
Is it Worth It? 3
A Life Saved 7
Weight of the Badge 13
Emotional Heroes 17
The Thirteenth Jump 27
Wall of Fire 33
Flashback 39
The Pre-Cordial Thump 49
Nightmare in Oklahoma City 57
They Emerged from the Smoke 65
Once Upon a Time 73
II. Those Who Forever Touch Our Hearts: Memorable Moments that Forever Tie Our Hearts to Those We Serve
What Was Her Name? 79
Same Old Story 85
Gone But Never Forgotten 91
Small World 97
A Legend in Their Own Time 101
Five-Minute Break 107
III. On a Lighter Note: Stories We Like to Tell Over and Over Again
Yes, A Cat in the Tree 113
Where Is It? 117
The Party Hat 119
IV. Rookies: The Heart of the Fire Service... There's a 'Rookie' in all of us
The Rookie 125
The Apron 129
Jokes 'R' Us 131
I'm Going to Make It ... Afterall 135
V. A Tribute to Our Fallen: A Special Tribute to Those That Lost Their Lives in the Line of Duty
Firefighter, Teacher, Friend 143
Silent Alarm 147
No Greater Love 149
You Only Know Him Now 153
Roll of Honor: Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters 1981-1999 As recognized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Emmitsburg, Maryland 157
Battling the Flames 191
Authors and Contributors 193
Permissions 203
About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    The Heart Behind the Hero is an excellent book.

    I think the Heart Behind the Hero is a really good book because it tells stories of peaple who risked their lives tring to save other people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    a great book to read

    I think this is a great book to read, for anyone who wants to become a firefighter or a paramedic.Also this is a great book becuase its told by actual people who wants to help people. I think everyone should read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Simply Intruiging

    Will definitely give any EMT or Firefighter renewed inspiration to their jobs. Any person who isn't a rescuer or a responder will actually get a good insight into our jobs and what it entails (emtions) to do what we do...

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