Gutter medicine : twenty-six years as a firefighter/paramedic / Roger Huder
Book | [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform] | 2018
Available at Gateway-Elkhorn Campus General Collection (RA 421.32 C6 H8.347 2018)

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221 pages ; 22 cm
The Street
Why I Did It
The Fire Station
Two of My Firsts
My First Major Trauma
Rescue 1 - Life in the Fast Lane
How to Do the Job
The Smoking Baby
Morning Routine
Live TV
O2 and Transport
She Done Fell Out
Born to Die
Working Without a Net
The Apartment Fire
The Green Parrot
Things Could Get Festive
The Boy Who Went Swimming
I'm Going to Die, Aren't I?
What Creeps Over the Wall
Poverty Stinks
The Floater
Sometimes It Is the Simple Solution
Randomness Strangeness
My Felony Arrest
You Never Know
Suicides Are Not Painless
Rescue 7 - The Knife and Gun Club
Crack Baby
The Night the World Turned Orange
It's Okay, We Are Here Now
What You Take Home
The End
This memoir is a collection of incidents I responded to over my twenty-six years as a firefighter/paramedic. There were thousands of cases, but these are the ones etched in my memory. The ones that will never go away. Everyone who has ever responded to an emergency knows that each person reacts differently to the same set of events and sees it through their own emotions. While these are my stories and only mine, they are also the story of a whole generation of firefighter/paramedics. My career stretched from 1974 to 2000. I became a paramedic when paramedics were very new. They were so new that we did not have any books for our class - none had been written yet. A sprinkling of these programs existed across the country at that time, and our program was one of the first. When we graduated and climbed on the trucks that first day, we had no idea how to do the job. No mentors or proctors guided us through those first shifts because no paramedics had worked on the street before us in our area. Sure, in training, our teachers had tried to prepare us, but they didn't know which knowledge and skills were critical to the real job. So, those of in the 1970s were making it up as we went. My generation of EMT's and paramedics helped invent a new profession. No matter what service you may have worked for or whether you rode an ambulance or with a fire department, I hope my stories and reactions can stand as a representation of what all of us experienced as we created Emergency Medcial Services. - Roger Huder, foreword.
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