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Heroes and Giants: We Do All We Can, and It Has to Be Enough.

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781629025537
Author(s): Douglas B. Ashby
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 372

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The heart-and-guts career of a California firefighter whose good days saw children saved and bad days saw loved ones lost. At the time, Ashby's choice of profession seemed random. A self-described non-directional male, he went to the courthouse to pay some parking tickets and saw a recruitment flyer for the Pasadena Fire Department. It was the late 1960s, and fighting fires while attending college seemed like a better choice than Vietnam. Little did Ashby know he would spend the next 30-plus years crawling through smoke-filled buildings, racing to accident scenes and saving lives. In this sometimes humorous, sometimes heartrending memoir, Ashby rises from lowly recruit at Pasadena to battalion chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The author recounts with authentic detail the horrific incidents that firefighters encounter. In one instance, he and his crewmates responded to an apartment where a man had slashed his girlfriend with a machete and then buried the blade in his own neck, nearly decapitating himself. There are also harrowing accounts of river rescues, gang shootings and even a bomb threat at a sex-toy warehouse. More revealing is how Ashby coped psychologically during grueling 56-hour workweeks. He describes a mental filing cabinet where he stashed the terrible things I've seen that would otherwise scar my soul. The book's stomach-turning tragedies are counterbalanced wit Please click here to ask a question
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