Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words

Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words

by Dennis Smith
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Overview

Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words by Dennis Smith

An unforgettable journey through the daily lives of the brave men and women who have made saving lives their profession.
Dennis Smith, author of Report from Engine Co. 82, traveled across the country talking to dozens of America’s firefighters to put together this powerful collection of their own descriptions of their most dramatic and intense experiences on the job. Their stories, compiled here, are timeless testimonies to the human capacity for heroism and nobility.
Focusing on the most courageous firefighters, from those who have been decorated for heroism to those who have been seriously injured, Firefighters presents the extraordinarily rich and rugged voices of men and women who fight urban building fires, who battle sweeping forest fires, who perform emergency rescues, and who face extreme danger and risk as part of their everyday lives. Sometimes brave, sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet or filled with anger, these voices combine to make Firefighters both a riveting adventure drama and a moving chronicle of American heroism at its finest.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307484901
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 07/07/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 272,544
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dennis Smith grew up in the tenements of New York's East side. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he was appointed to the New York Fire Department. An active firefighter for 18 years, he retired to become the publisher and editor in chief of Firehouse Magazine, a Honorary Deputy Chief of the New York City Fire Department and Chairman of the New York Academy of Art. He has written several books about firemen, four of which have been New York Times bestsellers, including Report from Engine Co. #82, and Firefighting in America. He is also the author of the novels, The Final Fire, Glitter and Ash, and Steely Blue.


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Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book that I've ever read, because everything it focuses on is based on fire fighting. I recommend this book for fire fighters because it focuses on fire fighting in all categories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catches your attention one story at a time The book gives the reader a more in depth understanding of what these men and women do for are country on a daily basis. By taking over thirty different fire fighters from across the country Dennis Smith puts together over one hundred stories to teach us what firefighting is really like. The stories range from why they wanted to become firefighters to saves and rescues. I feel that the main theme of this book is that these men and women found what they love to do in life for a living and express their enjoyment of being a firefighter and everything that comes with it. I enjoyed how their were so many different perspectives and tones of writing used throughout the book. It was good to see that Smith gives us the perspectives of both the male firefighters but also the females. I also liked that the book was not strictly about fighting fires but it also gives us a sense of what their home lives are like. Each story gives off a different vibe and shows the different personality traits of the firefighters through their story telling abilities. However I did not enjoy the fact that it was hard to connect with these people who were telling these short segments of their full firefighting careers. The stories get your attention by going into an in-depth description of fires, family, fire house life ECT. But with the constant changing of people and their different tones it was hard to fully engage myself with each one. You should read this book if you want to find out about the intense and dangerous lives of firefighters and everything that goes on, on and off the scene. The book will help you appreciate the risks they take and sacrifices they make to keep everyone safe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the start of this book there was many different storys. Than after ten stories the chaper started to get old. There might be alittle to many stories per chapter. I am not saying that this book is a bad book, but this book could be alittle shorter. All of the stories in this book are really good stories and have alot of meaning. If you dont like firefighting you might not like this book.