Life Lines: Stories from the Firehouseby Wayne Mutza
Firefighters and paramedics respond to calls for assistance without knowing exactly what they will encounter when they arrive. They perform the duties of their profession to the highest standards, day in and day out. It is sometimes difficult for them to talk about what they've encountered because it brings back many painful memories. In Life Lines: Stories from the Firehouse, Milwaukee firefighters and paramedics recount some of the most memorable calls of their careers. Author and former firefighter Wayne Mutza presents these true stories in the rescuers' own words. These stories will make you laugh and make you cry. They will renew your respect for those who have chosen to protect and serve.
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Readers unfamiliar with Wayne Mutza's writing, as well as those aware of his stature as an aviation historian, are in for a rare treat with his latest book, 'Life Lines: Stories from the Firehouse.' While this volume marks a radical departure from Wayne's usual subject matter and format, it continues his tradition of clear, concise documentary writing. In twenty-five very readable vignettes, this former Milwaukee Fire Department officer provides insight to a world the uninitiated can only imagine. The stories, all true, are collected from his own experiences and those of a score of his comrades -- people who willingly do work we are all grateful for but which only a few would choose to attempt. From fear and death to the necessarily macabre humor of those who go to battle every day, the realities, sorrows, and joys of the firefighter's job are presented without apology or softening. The accompanying photographs support the tales, but the words of Wayne and his contributors would ring every bit as true without them. This is powerful stuff, and highly recommended. After reading 'Life Lines,' your reaction to bare-bones news reports of fires, vehicle accidents, and rescues will be forever changed.