Looking for a great gift for the EMT or Paramedic in your life? Or need a great book to pass the time between calls?
I just finished (about 20 minutes ago) Paramedico by Benjamin Gilmour. Ben shares stories from 15 years of traveling the world as a paramedic and the many services he rode with.
I read much of Paramedico while sitting in my deer stand this past week.
@BenjaminGilmour Thailand chpt made me weep. 15', wearing blaze orange, 12 ga shotgun across my lap and tears running down my cheeks
— Greg Friese, MS, NRP (@gfriese) November 26, 2013
There is a good chance that many deer walked in front of me because I was so captivated by Paramedico. It is EXCELLENT!
Listen to Jamie Davis of the MedicCast interview Ben Gilmour on a special episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast.
Pride of the Hills
My good friend, author, blogger, and EMT Dave Konig gave me a signed copy of Paramedico when we were together in Las Vegas at EMS World Expo. Dave has a new book of his own, Pride of the Hills: a Vollies Memoir, which is available as an ebook and a paperback book.
Dave and I shared several meals in Las Vegas with noted EMS blogger Rogue Medic. I was lucky to eat many meals with EMS Bloggers in 2013. In April I had breakfast with Michael Morse, author of Responding. Mr. Morse’s second book is about a 39 hour shift in Providence, RI. It is the sequel to his other excellent book, Rescuing Providence.
Riding Through Grief
Riding Through Grief is a book by the mother of a young man (Matt) killed while cycling. I knew Matt as a young teen and college student when he was a camper at Camp Manito-wish and then a wilderness trip counselor.
The book is a terrific memoir of Matt. One reason the story might resonate with EMTs and paramedics is how life continues (or not) for the deceased’s family after sudden traumatic death. The impact on some is forever even though the healthcare provider encounter with the survivors is very brief.
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