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Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City Hardcover – December 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Whitman; FIRST EDITION, 2nd Printing edition (December 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0976881306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976881308
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William B. Patrick has published a widely-praised memoir, "We Didn't Come Here for This," an award-winning novel, "Roxa: Voices of the Culver Family," and two books of poetry. His radio play, "Rescue," was commissioned and aired worldwide by the BBC, and one of his screenplays, starring Olympia Dukakis, was shown on ABC-TV.

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Only took 2 days to read as it was hard to put down at times.
Robert Hiller
I was so very interested to find out as I read this book, that I actually knew some of the firemen in this book.
C. BONESTEEL
If you have the desire to do more the opportunities are there.
Steve Williams FF/EMT

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Format: Hardcover
Mr. Patricks book reveals one of the elements that those of us in the services usually hide behind the mask. That of being human and still facing tasks that many others will never have to face. Many of the current and past efforts of TV and Movies have tried to show the glory side, the side that shows everything working out to the betterment of all, Unfortunately they also have done a great disservice to the people who are doing the job. They depict the people involved as being able to disregard the human side of themselves and ignore anything that would injure or destroy that part of each of us. Mr. Patrick on the other hand has attempted, and succeeded in large part as an "outsider", to look through our eyes at the reality that will never make the movies. The pain and anguish of losing a fellow member, of attempting to console those left behind when a loved one passes on. The outright self deprecation each of us faces when we feel that we should have done more, when in fact we had already done everything possible. He shows the sleepless nights and the many small ways that grief and pain get dealt with inside the firehouse. I highly recommend Saving Troy, As a Firefighter/EMT myself it is a great book, however I do caution you to keep some tissues handy.

I also ask those of you who can, to support the fine Ladies and Gentlemen of your local Fire or EMS Units. Even a simple gesture like saying Thank You or bringing someone on the line a cup of coffee or a cold drink is very much appreciated. If you have the desire to do more the opportunities are there. Just be prepared to lose a bit of yourself from time to time.
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William Patrick's Saving Troy is a tour de force of reporting from the front line of emergency fire and medical services in the embattled city of Troy in upstate New York. Having spent over a year riding with a platoon of the Troy fire department, Patrick describes the dedication of the fire fighters and paramedics with a vividness that's consistent with his other accomplishments as both a poet and a screen writer. Once a thriving industrial metropolis along the Hudson River, Troy has since devolved into backwater cauldron of joblessness, corruption, violence, and clapboard firetraps, and Patrick portrays Troy's ongoing crisis with the honest clarity of a native son. Whether detailing the desperation of a schizophrenic street prophet, the working class moxie of the fire platoon, or the often grotesque circumstances of impoverished death and tragedy, Patrick's empathy and keen sense for real life dialogue makes for an unforgettable page turner. Saving Troy isn't just the story of courage amidst flames and low-income housing units, it's a heartbreaking portrait of an abandoned community attempting as best it can to save itself.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent book full of the everyday work that firefighters and paramedics have to do.
I had borrowed this book from a friend as I am from the city of Troy, NY. I liked it so well I purchased it for
my future grand son in law, as he is into real life reads. I was so very interested to find out as I read this book, that I
actually knew some of the firemen in this book. It is amazing some of the situations that these workers get into and how hard they do work.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone. It is well worth every penny.
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I recently finished William Patrick's book "Saving Troy" and was extremely impressed with it. As an outsider who has never worked in the emergency medical field I was afraid that I would not be able to relate to this book.I WAS WRONG. When I finally did find the time to sit down and read, I found that I could not tear myself away from it. Congratulations to Mr. Patrick and his wonderful and inspiring narrative.
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This is simply the BEST work detailing the responsibilities of modern Fire Departments, PERIOD. For those simple minds who think that Firefighters only sit around playing cards until the next fire happens, think again. I know I'm not brave or courageous enough to perform this job. William Patrick's superb narrative has you at and inside these scenes of remarkable, real acts of heroism.
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