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My career as a firefighter/paramedic stretched from 1974 to 2000 when were inventing EMS as we went along. These are stories from those years on the street. That place I named so long ago, the other reality that exists just outside most people’s everyday lives. It is a place that seems to exist parallel to the normal workaday existence: yet it is only a car accident or cardiac away for any of us. It manifested itself in brushfires, house fires, shootings, stabbings, hangings, accidents with injuries, cardiacs, codes, drownings, and a thousand other emergencies.

The street was more than a physical place. It was a place filled with excitement, fear, tragedy, horror, sadness, despair, joy, and laughter. It was a place where routine decisions could have terrible consequences: I am going to the grocery store. Or, I will get the wiring fixed next month. Where people died or were maimed. Often, it was a terrible place. Or maybe it was reality. It was where all safeguards ended and our job began. There were thousands of cases, but these are the ones etched in my memory. The ones that will never go away.

©2018 Roger Huder (P)2018 Roger Huder

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  • Pam C
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  • 12-10-18

Excellent real life as he remembered it.

This is a book full of stories and feelings of a first responder. One of THE first responders ever. Some of the stories had a happy ending, most did not and even more we just don't know. What we do know is how the job affected him and his co workers. I cried at times, laughed at other times and celebrated with them. All in all, I FELT a wide range of emotions based on what story he was telling.
The narration, well, let me preface this review of the narration with the fact that I am a HUGE fan of Tom Jordan. Now, let me say... I do believe this book is his best work, yet. The depth of feeling I felt with his story telling is like no other I have heard. From him or anyone else. I can't help but believe that I enjoyed this book as much as I did because of Tom Jordan's narration, hands down.
I highly recommend this audiobook!

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A True Unsung Hero

Gutter Medicine: Twenty-Six Years as a Firefighter Paramedic written Roger Huder. The narration is by Tom Jordan. This audiobook is a snapshot into Mr. Huder’s career as a Firefighter/Paramedic over 26 years. First off I applaud Mr. Huder. Most people do not realize that the average burn out rate for an EMT is 5 years. Mr. Huder started in 1974 and ended his career in 2000 blazing a trail for many to follow in the field of Fire/EMS.

The audiobook held my attention with all the highs and lows of the different stories from Mr. Huders career. I was able to relate to them as I was an EMT for 13 years. I understood the difficulty he felt when civilians would ask for a good story wanting to live vicariously through him. But what do you tell them when you lost someone's child, you have the calls and the faces that haunt you yet they want a story so you keep a few funny/heroic at hand. The narration by Tom Jordan was excellent. Mr. Jordan conveyed the perfect amount of emotion for each of the different parts being told by Mr. Huder. This is the first audio performance that I have heard from Mr. Jordan but I really enjoyed it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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a gut wrenching story

oh wow. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, and left numb after hearing this narration.

Mr. Huder's experiences were not for the faint at heart. Mr. Jordan's performance brought the stories to life.

An amazing life history

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Real, raw and emotional

This is an exceptional book for anyone who wants to know what it is really like out there on the streets trying to save lives. The tragedies they come upon, the types of people they deal with on a regular basis and the real dangers presented to them on every call are told without being sugar coated so it is understood exactly what these heroes go through regularly. The long hours, dangerous situations, high stress and time away from their families are described very well here. One has to be a true hero to stick it out for any length of time. Being the proud mother of a Firefighter/EMT myself, I know what it takes to be this type of man. It is not for the weak of mind or body and this raw look at a career Firefighter Paramedic tells it as it is. Thank you Roger Huder for all you've done! This audiobook was given to me at my request for my honest review.

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Deeply emotive, captivating, utterly unforgettable

Hauntingly emotive, profoundly captivating, and utterly unforgettable; Gutter Medicine hit me right in the gut - with its vibrant and gritty telling of what life on the street as an Ambulance Paramedic is like. Eloquently written and masterfully narrated by Tom Jordan who lent authenticity to this tale, Gutter Medicine is the life story of one of America’s unsung heroes - someone who truly cares about helping people. Thoroughly recommended.

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Gutter Medicine gave me new insight to the Profession and the PTSD that can occur. Narrator keeps the stories moving along. Also bits of subtle humor throughout!

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A thoughtful look at being a paramedic

I enjoyed this memoir. I sometimes wish that I would have gone into the medical field but I was still queasy about blood and other bodily fluids as a young adult. Let's just say that I got over that queasiness and enjoy learning about medicine in all of its bloody glory. I found this to be a well done look at being a paramedic that I found entertaining and informative.

Paramedics have been around for as long I can remember. I remember watching Emergency! on TV as a child in the 1970's. We actually caught a few episodes of the show on television not that long ago and I was somewhat surprised by how different things worked for the first responders. For an outsider, gradual changes in a profession aren't really noticed but when you look back it is obvious how far you have come. When Roger Huder started his career as a paramedic, the profession was just beginning and the textbooks had yet to be written.

I found this to be a very thoughtful look at the years that Mr. Huder spent doing this vital job. I did enjoy some of the cases that he talked about that has stuck with him over the years even though many of them are heartbreaking. I felt his frustration in getting the cooperation that he needed from hospital staff and his supervisors during the early years. I was also amazed by some of the dangerous situations that he was put in without a lot of backup. I found the portions of the book where he talked about how his job impacted his home life to also be quite powerful.

This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Tom Jordan's narration. I think that he did a fantastic job with this book. He has a very pleasant speaking voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I thought that he was able to bring a lot of emotion into the book and his delivery made the story entertaining. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. I found this to be a book that really stuck with me and made me appreciate all of the first responders that risk so much to help others. I am very glad that I made the decision to give this book a try.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Audiobook Boom.