Manhattan Medics: The Gripping Story of the Men and Women of Emergency Medical Services Who Make the Streets of the City Their Career

Manhattan Medics: The Gripping Story of the Men and Women of Emergency Medical Services Who Make the Streets of the City Their Career

by Francis J. Rella, NREMT-P, Nremt-P Rella
     
 


This firsthand account of September 11, written by a paramedic on the scene, chronicles the days before and after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Frank Rella describes the paramedic crew stationed at St. Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan, the eerie foreshadowing of the coming disaster, and his encounter with a Middle Eastern man who offered a…  See more details below

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This firsthand account of September 11, written by a paramedic on the scene, chronicles the days before and after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Frank Rella describes the paramedic crew stationed at St. Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan, the eerie foreshadowing of the coming disaster, and his encounter with a Middle Eastern man who offered a tarot card reading. Rella details how he and his partner arrived at Ground Zero just as the second tower collapsed and rescued a firefighter who was having a heart attack. The vivid descriptions of turf battles between paramedics and fire department personnel at Ground Zero and elsewhere will arouse controversy and interest.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“It's a pedal-to-the-metal, lights-and-siren ride through the streets of Lower Manhattan, as vivid as a heart attack.” —Ellis Henican, columnist, New York Newsday

School Library Journal
A vivid portrayal of the way . . . Manhattan paramedics responded to the September 11th tragedy . . . a fast-paced read.
EMS Magazine
One of those special books that is worth giving to yourself as a present
Library Journal
This account grew out of Rella's experiences as an emergency medical technician at the World Trade Center site on 9/11. He focuses on the chaotic events of the day, offering glimpses of the critical, often life-threatening, 24/7 first-response calls taken by the paramedics of New York City's emergency medical services (EMS). Even with a map (unseen) of lower Manhattan, readers unfamiliar with the area will have trouble comprehending the landscape and therefore the territorial conflicts among voluntary and municipal EMS crews. The glossary does assist with such dialog as "Remain 98 Five William....No ALS needed at this time." Still, insights into workplace grievances and rivalries, facile patriotism, and unintended and opportunistic revelations on the 9/11 response do not add up to a coherent picture. Not recommended.-James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871272607
Publisher:
Elysian Editions
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
535,500
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author


Francis J. Rella, NREMT-P, is a registered emergency medical technician-paramedic serving in the EMS 911 system of the City of New York. He is also an award-winning radio writer who produced and wrote the PBS Radio miniseries Great American Musicals, which later became a regular weekly program called Opening Nights. He lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Francis Rella was a medic at St. Vincent's Hospital in 2001 and acted as a 9/11 first responder. He is now a lieutenant in the USAF and serves in Iraq on a medical evacuation team.

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