“A tragically hilarious glimpse into the challenged, yet powerful, mind of a seasoned paramedic and the brotherhood called EMS.”—Dan Flynn, NRP, RN-BSN, BS, cast on A&E’s Nightwatch
Known as one of America’s most dangerous cities, New Orleans plays host to incidents ranging from the tragic and disturbing to the completely bizarre—and during his career as an emergency medic, Jon McCarthy saw it all. He chronicles some of the most formative calls of his career in this autobiography that reads like crime fiction. McCarthy demonstrates with detail and clarity that the difficult choice is often the right choice. While not for the faint of heart, each entry in this collection provides poignant insight into the bonds between medics and the people and city they serve.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida, and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Jon McCarthy is proud to be an emergency room paramedic. Since 1996, he has worked in emergency medical services in helicopters, clinics, hospitals, and on the streets of New Orleans. He is one of the cocreators of the New Orleans EMS Field Training Officer (FTO) program and served as the Lead FTO for five years. McCarthy was featured on The Learning Channel program Paramedics and has a side career as an actor.
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About the Author
A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Jon McCarthy has worked professionally in EMS since 1996. He is one of the cocreators of the New Orleans EMS Field Training Officer program and served as the lead field training officer for nearly five years. McCarthy lives with his wife, his two sons, and a multitude of dogs and cats.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Misguided Judgment 25
Chapter 2 Salty and Peppered 48
Chapter 3 A Slice of Good Fortune 54
Chapter 4 Cern's Pound of Flesh 63
Chapter 5 Prayers for the Devil 73
Chapter 6 The Breakup 81
Chapter 7 Who Threw My Liquor Away? 91
Chapter 8 When Hearts Attack 92
Chapter 9 The McCern Method of International Diplomatic Relationship Building 106
Chapter 10 No Quarter 119
Chapter 11 The Muddy Mississippi 130
Chapter 12 Collateral Damage 142
Chapter 13 To Live and Die in New Orleans 148
Chapter 14 Child's Play 155
Chapter 15 An American Werewolf in New Orleans 165
Chapter 16 Anger Nightmares 174
Chapter 17 The Three Cides: Patri, Fill, and Homi 177
Chapter 18 Unseen Danger 184
Chapter 19 An Ironic Demise 190
Chapter 20 Mexican Brown 199
Chapter 21 Attack of the Elderly 207
Chapter 22 The Thickness of Blood 213
Chapter 23 Conclusion 221
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Awesome read! Told by someone Who has definitely walked the walk.
McCarthy's first book delivers belly-laughs and gut-punches in equal measure, liberally sprinkled with medical knowledge. This is a great book if you are interested in looking behind the scenes into Emergency Medical Services or New Orleans culture, but be warned: it's not for the faint of heart!