Brave Hearts: Extraordinary Stories of Pride, Pain and Courage

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Cynthia Brown, Oct 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 381 pages
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Brave Hearts takes you inside the hearts and minds of fifteen police officers as they go about the difficult task of protecting people from harm. Whether gathering intelligence to stop a terrorist attack, conducting an international narcotics investigation, working undercover to get illegal weapons off the streets, tracking a serial murderer, ending a gun battle, or mediating a domestic dispute, the men and women in Brave Hearts give new life to the word heroic. The author's long term relationships with the police and her unusual access to the people who work in this insular and isolated profession has enabled her to take us on a unique and startling voyage into the trenches of the law enforcement world. You will feel the tragic aftermath of 9/11 as first responders to the disaster share their stories never told before. You will gain unique insight as the women talk frankly about how their experiences working in the alpha-male world of the police. You will be there as officers cope with unimaginable violence, cruelty and sadness. And you will learn about the love and affection that develops between people who depend on each other, at times, for their very lives. If you read Brave Hearts, you will understand why people across the country are saying this book changed the way they feel about their police officers.
 

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Excellent reading!
Real stories worth telling.

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By far, the best book ever written about what it really means to be a law enforcement officer - the highs, lows and everything in between. The author has been able to get her 15 people profiled to express themselves with honesty and heart about every aspect of the job. - Ben in NYC

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Contents

RICH MILLER Always Above and Beyond
1
MIKE MORRA The Rescuer
37
SAM PANCHAL The Evidence Collector
55
AnnMargaret Lyons and Pete Tetukevich When Love Crashes In
71
BOBBY HOM Heroin Heroics and Death in a Briefcase
105
John Busching The Man Who Wouldnt Leave Ground Zero
127
Bobby Johnson He Follows the Money
155
Steve Bonano Its Not a Job Its a Calling
179
Kai Wong Man Without Fear
209
Barry Galfano Dog Day Afternoons
241
Tony Diaz The Greatest Job on Earth
271
Stefanie Hirschhorn She Walks the Walk
295
JOE HERBERT Supersleuth
321
Alvin Rountree He Gets the Guns
355
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
380

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About the author (2010)

Cynthia Brown has spent three decades working with the U.S. law enforcement profession. Early in her career she organized community meetings for the police and residents in one of Boston's most crime-plagued neighborhoods. Later she produced a neighborhood newsletter for the Boston Police Department that was distributed throughout the city's five police districts. In 1994 she founded American Police Beat, a national, monthly magazine. She serves as publisher of American Police Beat which is the nation's largest, most influential law enforcement publication.She is the recipient of many awards for her work including the prestigious National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Distinguished Service Award. Past recipients include former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, several U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives.

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