Breath of Life: The Life of a Volunteer Firefighter

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iUniverse, Dec 16, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 pages

Breath of Lifetells the story of a volunteer ?re?ghters life as an EMT and a ?re?ghter. Author Daniel McVey chronicles the harrowing stories of saving lives and facing death on a daily basis; he also shares stories of the dedication and professionalism of his comrades. He describes the small village on Long Island called Floral Park, where he belonged to the Rescue Company of the Floral Park Fire Department. While they were primarily responsible for medical emergencies; the stories included in Breath of Life provide an intimate view of the dangers these heroes faced as volunteers who also had full-time jobs.

Growing up in Floral Park, McVey set his sights on becoming a volunteer ?re?ghter after taking a CPR course taught by three members of the Rescue Company. From that point on, his stories give a realistic picture of the stresses of emergency care for life-threatening emergencies. Covering the period from the mid to late 1980s into the 1990s, McVey chronicles how the morale of the Rescue Company had many ups and downs and how several members brought the company back together again. In July of 1999, he responded to his last call, thus ending an exciting time as a volunteer ?re?ghter.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Burning Desires
10
Bus Fire
24
A Returned Favor
26
Hes Our Brother
29
Unknown Difficulty with a Baby
33
A Ticket to EightySix
34
Installation of 1979
36
Rock Bottom
140
Committees
150
By the Grace of God
154
When It Hits Home
159
Snow Standby
173
Unfound for Hours
177
SelfDestruction
180
Interagency Rivalry
184

Questions Answers and War Stories
39
Dad I Broke the Side Door
44
Man Collapsed While Mowing His Lawn
46
A Drill Come True
49
Probie School
53
Four BacktoBack Calls in June 1979
57
Take a Deep Breath and Pitch In
63
Fall Semester of 1979
77
The New Ambulance
92
Spring of 1980
95
Summer of 1980
103
Fall of 1980
116
Show the Kid the Ropes
125
Florida in 1981
132
Back on the Job
135
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
187
Possible Suicide Attempt
195
Pedestrian Accident
196
Difficulty Breathing
198
The FourHundredPound Overdose
200
Baby Turning Blue
201
Super Blow Sunday
203
Job Change
205
Back in Action
209
Man in the Bathtub
212
Its Always a Pleasure
215
Shot in the Foot
218
The End of the Road
220
Epilogue
227
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About the author (2011)

Daniel McVey was born and raised in Floral Park, New York, a suburban village outside New York City. His father, Frank McVey, was a retired battalion chief in the New York City Fire Department. In 1981, he graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a degree in criminal justice. He is presently a court clerk.

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