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Gutter Medicine: Twenty-Six Years as a Firefighter Paramedic

Narrated by: Tom Jordan
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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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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MASH Meets Hill Street

Those who follow my "Book Reports" are aware I read widely. This audiobook came highly recommended and I'm going to pass that recommendation on to you. Narrator Tom Jordan "becomes" author Roger Huder as he shares incidents from his life as a paramedic. We take them for granted these days but in the 1970s they were a brand new concept in our frontline of First Defenders. So sit down, crack a beer, and share anecdotes--some funny, many tragic, but mostly a commentary and an education.

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great book and truth!

great book of what its really like. I feel this is a good book for any person with aspirations of wanting to be a medic. It gives insight of what one might go through. The job is not always unicorns and rainbows and it's not for everybody.

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From a Medic

This book gives a sense of what we do everyday. I don't go through half of what this author has been through but I can just imagine the toll that it has taken on him. I give a big thank you for taking your time and writing this novel to share with us and I can only hope that this book gives some people a small insight of the grog that we are put through day in and day out.

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Spot on

Great book. spot on with emotions and pain he felt through his years. Thank you Roger!

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Gutter Mediocine

I learned something today. Funny how we take things for granted. Thank you for your service, Mr. Huber. I recommended Gutter Medicine for everyone to read or listen. Narrator, Tom Jordan brought this story to life. Is Gutter Medicine worth a credit? Well worth it.

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Great book

I am a firefighter/paramedic that started the job in 2010. This book speaks volumes to the things we face daily on shift, the stress of the day, the stress on our home life and all the pain and suffering we face and help the public deal with.
The story of what our brothers faced back at the start of the profession is amazing and inspiring!

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  • NKS
  • West Virginia
  • 12-29-18

Gripping!

This was the best book I've read this year. compelling and gripping. I couldn't find enough time to get to read during my day!

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A Whole new understanding...

As a child of a Firefighter from this same time, a was vaguely aware of what was happening, but that was through the eyes of a family member, a child... I now have a whole new understanding of what was really going on. I so appreciate Roger Huder’s honesty and willingness to share his personal experiences. A true hero.

Tom Jordan did this material justice. Thank you for your performance.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 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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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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