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Silent Alarm: On the Edge with a Deaf EMT Hardcover – September 1, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
In a frank, quick-paced personal narrative filled with humor, drama, and grim reality, Schrader relates the day-to-day drama of dealing with human catastrophe as a firefighter and emergency medical technician on the streets of Atlanta. His deafness was almost an afterthought, although Schrader often had to fight discrimination in his job. With courage and without fanfare, he fulfilled his dream of being an EMT, building a 15-year career and one of the longest service records in the city at the time. The gritty and gutsy details of many of the calls for help that he describes will grip readers. Writes Schrader, "we expected the unexpected and when we were lucky, we helped those who really needed it." For popular collections.
Emily Ferren, Carroll Cty. P.L., Westminster, Md.
Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
Steven Schrader spent 15 years as a firefighter and an EMT (emergency medical technician), most of them in Atlanta, Georgia, where he experienced the full scan of human distress and misery. Like so many EMTs, he faced these tragedies and various associated hazards with unflagging courage and little fanfare. Unlike other EMTs, he also dealt with other obstacles presented by his severe hearing loss, including bias. Achieving his boyhood dream, Schrader first became a firefighter, then a full-fledged EMT who compiled one of the longest service records in Atlanta at that time. He worked every part of the city, days and nights, and his stark stories of life and death sting with the sharpness of the unanesthetized truth. On one call, he and his partner laugh at gruesome jokes to cope with the rigid regulations that require them haplessly to perform CPR on a patient who is obviously and horrendously already dead from a 20,000-volt charge. After another, he hides away deep in a hospital basement to keen over the death of a drug addict's five-months-premature baby. After so many years of facing the unimaginable, Schrader looks back in Silent Alarm at how he fared as an EMT. He found both salvation and self-damnation, proving above all his own humanity. For all of the self-doubts exposed here, his story confirms his vast resources of empathy and his genuine commitment to help others. Throughout his career he aided everyone who needed his help, ultimately assigning himself the critical task of bettering emergency services for deaf people. Silent Alarm is a gripping story of survival, so overwhelming in its gritty details of an EMT's existence that, remarkably, his deafness becomes an afterthought.
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and keeps my attention page after page. This book covers the subject of ambulance work along with firefighting but mostly medical responses. I've not
had the experiences so intense as the author. I would have like to read more about his sister, and his work in the morgue at a hospital. This
book could have easily been longer and full of more stories. Leave them wanting more. That is definitely the case with this book. Not since Jar Head
the movie and book and Catch me if you can, book and movie have I enjoyed a book like this. This book is shocking yet heart felt. Anyone in ems will
easily relate. Enjoy
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