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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607146576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607146575
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven “Kelly” Grayson, CCEMT-P, is a critical care paramedic and EMS instructor from Monroe, La. He has extensive experience in EMS education and was the president of the Louisiana EMS Instructor Society and a board member of the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs. He operates the EMS training and consulting firm MEDIC Training Solutions.

Kelly also writes a monthly column for EMS1.com entitled The Ambulance Driver’s Perspective. He is a frequent lecturer at EMS conferences around the country, and is known for his engaging, humorous and often inspirational presentations. Kelly is single and currently lives in Kinder, Louisiana. He enjoys hunting and the shooting sports, and spending time on the water with his daughter. When he is not teaching, Kelly prowls the streets in search of little old ladies who have fallen and can't get up.

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Steven Kelly Grayson is a critical care paramedic and EMS educator in southwest Louisiana. He is the father of an enchanting six-year-old daughter, and enjoys hunting, shooting and outdoor activities.

By day, he is a mild-mannered author and EMS educator, but by night, dressed in his superhero costume of Day-Glo traffic vest and multi-pocketed EMS pants, he prowls the dark recesses of the city in search of little old ladies who have fallen and can't get up.

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The writer did a good job with of his stories. hanks Kelly.
Josie
I think the most fun part of the book was reading about the jokes and interactions between the partners he was with.
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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone whether they are in the medical field or not.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GhostFrappe on January 11, 2013
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I admit I'm a fan of ER blogs in general, and I heard about this book after reading Nurse K's awesome blog. Grayson's book is hard to put down and I finished it in about two days. It became apparent from the get-go that this was going to be an amazing read just after getting through the first story dealing with a patient's yappy little rat-dog getting lit up with a defibrillator (by accident). The tales Grayson tells truly give an amazing insight into the world of EMS and lets you hear things from the perspective of the folks who are struggling to keep people alive en route to the emergency room. The people who wade through blood and mucous and really get their hands dirty, deal with combative nutcases, and who know how to rush to the rescue rather than buckling under pressure.

Many of the stories are absolutely hilarious, either by nature or just the way they're told, but there are more serious and depressing things Grayson shares with his readers. And this makes sense - after all, EMS is not a stroll in the park. People die, and the lesson you're taught is that if you want to be a successful paramedic, you learn to appear reassuring to the patient, cry when you're not at work, and the most important thing is to not let the things you see and deal with follow you home because they will haunt you. Some of the stories he shares are downright gruesome or heart-wrenching and, after reading them, it makes you wonder how anyone could find it in their heart to get up and go back to work to do it again every day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NHTFR on January 9, 2013
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This isn't a bad book for the price. I sometimes hate hearing old EMS stories from people, but the stories contained in this book are very entertaining and some are easy to relate to. I was reading this every night until I started school again and have yet to pick it back up, but will be finishing it sometime soon. If you're looking for an EMS book to read, I'd recommend this one at a good price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Digati on August 24, 2011
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As a 911 EMT I certainly related to many of the stories in this book. It's all here... laughter, tears, the good calls the bad calls anyone in public safety will relate to the stories Kelly Grayson tells with humor, wit, honesty and style because we have lived them. But what about the rest of the world? Why would someone outside of "the job" want to read this? Because you're in here too. You're the patients, the families, the friends and the very grounding factor in the lives of first responders, "Ambulance Drivers", EMT's and Paramedics et al. It's a great read and I enjoyed it immensely because it's not just a collection of war stories; it's about the human condition and all of the emotions and trials that combine to make common experience an uncommon thing. See the world through Kelly's rose colored emergency lights, see EMS for what it really is and see who we (and you) really are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dov Pincus on March 10, 2014
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I very much enjoyed Kelly's book, it reminds me of my experiences on the street. Kelly tells it like it is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharpshooter on September 14, 2013
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While his language can be crude at times, this is a very accurate portrayal of the joys and sorrows we that work in EMS go through every day. It can leave you rolling on the ground laughing, or curled up in a ball crying. Very well written!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bride with champagne taste on bottled water budget on July 24, 2013
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This book was reccommended to me by a coworker. I looked for the kindle edition and it wasn't available but really wanted to read it and she had loaned her book out already. I bought the paperback edition and started reading it and couldn't put it down!!! There are parts in this book that had me rolling laughing with tears in my eyes as well as more parts than I care to mention that I personally could relate to and picture exactly how these Ems people felt. I am alway skeptical on Ems books because its usually the same stories or close in every book. Not this one! I have read this book cover to cover twice now. I read it through once and turned right around and started it again and it was just as funny the second time around. I will probably pick it up in a month or so and start reading it again because it just has parts that can make you
Laugh so hard even when your not in a good mood or feeling down. Read it even if you arnt in Ems or understand the ambulance world. It will make you think about what you should call an ambulance for and what is goin through our heads when we get called a stubbed toe and your in the car on the side of the road waiting for us to come because it hurts to bad to press the gas pedal at 3am. What were you doing at 3am that you stubbed your toe and deemed it necessary to call 911 after you tried driving to the Er FOR A STUBBED TOE?!? Lol. I love this book because it explains everything we think and how we act.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Jennifer Dawson on July 21, 2013
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As the suggestion of a friend who runs rescue, I purchased this book to get an insider's look - and it is exactly what the title states: A Paramedic's Story.

The more of this I read, the more appreciation I have for those who selflessly give to help others - even when the helping is for non-life threatening events. The more serious anecdotes are eye-opening; I could never do what this man does and my respect for those who do, including the friend who recommended this read, is great.

It is written in Grayson's voice, and I don't find it annoying or trying-too-hard. It is what it is: a real man's story written by a real man.
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