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Report from Engine Co. 82 Paperback – April 1, 1999
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It's a very honest, phenomenal portrayal of life in the FDNY and as a firefighter in general during some of the busiest years at the busiest Engine company. This book nails what it's like not only in the middle of a house fire, but also what it's like to live with a bunch of other guys in the firehouse. The jokes and pranks, the sad times and the happy times. It's all here and I would recommend this not only to anybody that's ever ridden backwards but also anyone that's ever been curious about what life as a fireman is really like.
Pick this book up and you won't be able to put it down!
In 1977, while I was in high school, I was enthralled with a new life as a volunteer fire cadet. I was hungry to learn about the fire service and to share what I had learned with my family and friends. This high school obsession sprung into a career that has spanned over thirty-three years as a professional firefighter and paramedic.
Now as I am winding down from a varied and blessed career, I am again reading this incredible book, but this time, as a peer. Dennis Smith has rendered all the phases of our work, from the routine to the exciting, into a masterpiece that many in our field have attempted imitate. Most without half the vividness Dennis Smith put into this timeless depiction.
I hope that more young firefighters will read this book and become inspired by the deeds of these men. I also hope that veteran firefighters will read Dennis Smith's words and rekindle the fire that has led us to pursue this incredible profession.
These men were, are, and will always be, New York's Bravest.