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Known as one of America's most dangerous cities, New Orleans plays host to incidents ranging from the tragic and disturbing to the completely bizarre - and during his career as an emergency medic, Jon McCarthy saw it all. He chronicles some of the most formative calls of his career in this autobiography that sounds like crime fiction. McCarthy demonstrates with detail and clarity that the difficult choice is often the right choice. While not for the faint of heart, each entry in this collection provides poignant insight into the bonds between medics and the people and city they serve.

Born in Tallahassee, Florida, and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Jon McCarthy is proud to be an emergency room paramedic. Since 1996, he has worked in emergency medical services in helicopters, clinics, hospitals, and on the streets of New Orleans. He is one of the co-creators of the New Orleans EMS Field Training Officer (FTO) program and served as the Lead FTO for five years. McCarthy was featured on The Learning Channel program Paramedics and has a side career as an actor.

©2017 Jon McCarthy (P)2019 Tantor

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Could've been so much better

I'm not gonna say I didn't like it which is why I gave it three stars, but honestly I've listened to alot of First responder books and I own the whole Nightwatch show about New Orleans EMS. This book is anticlimactic. It only covers a few calls and far too much detail is outlined in each call. The guy that wrote this book sounds like a great medic, but he simply needed help writing this book. With all his years of experience there could've been a much richer experience to be had by the reader. I didn't count them, but I'm guessing he only went over approximately 10 calls in this book, and the ones he went over were just explained too lengthy. This is EMS! He is a Paramedic! This should've been fast paced and riveting, but instead meh....like I said... anticlimactic. It may have been due to the narrator also, very slow delivery and mispronounced New Orleans the whole time. Still with all that being said I guess I enjoyed it......kinda. I am fascinated by The Big Easy so maybe that's why it was ok.

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Excellent read!

I am not new to EMS but I am returning after a 6 year break! I love this book. I laughed, I cried, and I wished there were more when it ended. Pay attention to the end, what kind of Medic are you?
Thank you!

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wow.

absolutely loved it. very detailed to the point you can visualize what is being read. liked the narrator, he sounds a lot like Jon. good job man!!

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A great description of what it is really like and the personalities that you meet in EMS

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As one born and raised in New Orleans, I looked forward to listening to this book. It was a disappointment, to say the least. If I had to hear the narrator mispronounce New Orleans one more time, I was going to scream. Mr. McCarthy said he was a fan of comic books, well he should write them instead of nonfiction. I have no doubt that his experiences as a first responder are true, but the method he used in relating them left me uninterested.

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A more perfect description of EMS doesn’t exist.

As a 23 year veteran paramedic, who also works for a high volume service, I can say that this book is spot on for what it is like to be in EMS.
I normally don’t read books about EMS, I figure that I live it enough, but I am so glad I picked this one on a whim.

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  • 08-30-19

100 present best book

Loved it it will help so much if you want to join ems as itl give some good tips for dealing whit the stress of the job