Ghetto Medic: A Father in the Hood

Ghetto Medic: A Father in the Hood

by Rachel Hennick


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Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood is die gripping true story of Bill Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, a city with the busiest fire stations in the U.S. As a child Bill survives a horrific fire. Later, he joins the still-segregated fire department at the height of the civil rights movement, witnesses the race riots of 1968 and battles the ensuing infernos. After the Great White Flight, Bill develops empathy for those people left behind. He tries to make a difference by becoming a paramedic. His story is set against the history of Baltimore, known for its rich black heritage, the home of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a spiritual journey as he risks his own life in caring for the poor in a city with one of the world's highest crime rates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938144028
Publisher: BrickHouse Books, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

A Word From the Artist 13

Prologue 15

God Bless the Child 19

We've Gotta Get Out of this Place 22

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag 28

Little Ole Man (Uptight-Everything's Alright) 37

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 40

Amazing Grace 45

What a Day for a Daydream 51

We Shall Overcome 67

What's Going On 79

Bridge Over Troubled Water 83

We Are Family 99

Ball of Confusion 116

Heaven Help Us All 121

Help Is on Its Way 128

Daddy Sang Bass 135

Love Child 139

Living for the City 142

Stayin' Alive 147

Pick up the Pieces 151

I Can't Get it Out of My Head 154

Almost Lost My Mind 158

Blowin' in the Wind 163

Good Times 166

Eleanor Rigby 170

Play the Game 173

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 179

Don't Fear the Reaper 191

Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) 197

Right Place, Wrong Time 205

A Change Is Gonna Come 208

The Thrill Is Gone 214

Roll With It 223

Ring of Fire 227

The Song is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On) 238

Acknowledgments 251

About the Author 255

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Ghetto Medic: A Father in the Hood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JL_Whitehead More than 1 year ago
A little girl whose father played an active, positive role in her upbringing has a tendency to be viewed as a larger than life figure. Even with his idiosyncrasies, he is a viable force that often reflects the morals that have been instilled in her. Sometimes, he may be given credit where credit isn’t necessarily due because a child’s fond memories has a unique way of elevating a good parent to heights that may or may not be distorted by time. Rachel Hennick’s Ghetto Medic, A Father in the ‘Hood is a glowing testimony to the love that a daughter has for her father. With every turn of the page, love and admiration spills forth like wine from a glass accidentally tipped over by a couple who is quietly enjoying their intimacy by a warm, crackling fire in a fireplace. It is a story written with equal parts heart and humanity. It speaks volumes of a man who clearly made a difference both in the lives of his family as well as to the people in the community that he proudly served. With the city of Baltimore used as the backdrop, Bill Hennick regales his family with stories of heroism, compassion and dedication. Having witnessed the race riots of 1968 as well as the injustices railed against African American firefighters, Bill Hennick chose a different path for himself. It is a path that he is both proud as a servant to his community as well as a father. There are supporting characters that both lead and work alongside Mr. Hennick. One memorable character that comes to mind is Larry Burch; whose no-nonsense attitude accompanied by a sixth sense helped Bill Hennick negotiate the waters of the ghetto. His introduction begins on page 83 and his inclusion in this work is definitely a high point to the story. Ghetto Medic, A Father in the ‘Hood, is a refreshing read that is chocked full of historical points that I wasn’t aware of; having not lived in Baltimore. It is an enjoyable story told through the eyes of a little girl who clearly loved and idolized her father. It is a story that could have easily detoured into focusing on the disparities that plagued the impoverished residents of Baltimore. And yet, even with the ghetto being used as a stage, the story resonates with hope and courage…but it isn’t because of the way that the author depicts the admiration of her father. It is the way that the story is told. Ms. Hennick exhibits a superb writing style that is both whimsical as it is direct. I take my hat off to Rachel Hennick on presenting a wonderful debut novel, and I anxiously await her next work as she makes her mark on the literary industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great, personal story about her dad. Set at the beginning of the race riots in Baltimore, this man was a firefighter then medic in a rough part of the city. Really amazing stories. I think they should make it into a movie!