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John Spicuzza Author Interview

All Walks of Life (And Death) shares your personal stories from your 42 years as a firefighter paramedic. Why was this an important book for you to write?

To document my career since I felt I was in the business at the right time, as both firefighters and paramedics were evolving and I was fortunate to be there for a lot of changes. The other reason was to educate the public about this profession as most have no clue what firefighters or paramedics endure or exposed to throughout their careers.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

The few time that I actually got emotional on the job. Most notably the infant that I refused to accept from another first responder that he was already dead and the spinal cord injury I took care of in the Emergency Room.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you first became a firefighter?

That you must keep yourself from letting the politics of the job get to you. You get passionate about the job of fighting fires and treating patients, but you cannot let that passion drive you to fight the political issues that we will encounter.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?

That they get a better understanding of the raw nature of the job and there is much more to it than the cleaned up version of what one sees on television shows. To realize the extent of emergency medicine that is practiced by paramedics and they are not just ambulance drivers.

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When you see a fire truck, an ambulance, or a law enforcement vehicle screaming down the road with their lights and sirens blaring, where are they going? 
What if you can find out what type of emergency calls first-responders go to on a daily basis? 
What if you could get a sneak peak behind the curtain to see exactly what kind of scenario they are running in to?
This book will expose you to the typical life of a firefighter or paramedic, or even a law enforcement officer.  You will see how the author got started in the field and had an exhilarating forty-two years on the job highlighting the good, the bad, the sad, the ugly, and the downright messed up world a first-responder is exposed to.  This book will show you that everyone from all walks of life will have some type of emergency and how responders provide the same level of care and support to all.

All Walks of Life (and Death)

All Walks of Life (and Death) by John Spicuzz is a provocative and gripping behind the scenes story of a first responder and the scenarios they face. Author John Spicuzz begins by sharing his personal story, detailing how he became a firefighter. He walks the reader through the typical life of a first responder and what they are exposed to. The author covers various topics in the book ranging from the good to the bad, the various uncommon situations he was in, and experiences that are more personal to him.

John Spicuzz has written a fascinating memoir that relays the experiences he faced in the forty-two years being a firefighter and paramedic. The topics the author covers provides an abundance of information to the reader, all of which had me captivated from the first chapter. This memoir helps you view first responders in a different light, especially when you learn of their harrowing personal experiences. One chapter that really touched me was The Brother/Sisterhood because you really get to see the camaraderie that John Spicuzz has built with the people he worked with. I never stopped to think that a firefighter would have to attend one of their friend’s, or coworkers, funerals or in the author’s case, have to attend many funerals.

But even among these bleak events in his life, the author does not just share the ugly side of being a first responder, he also shares the good times that he had. Santa Saves the Day is a chapter that brought a smile to my face. The author’s writing is honest and he shares his experiences candidly and with a passion that can be felt. I appreciated this because that genuine affection gives this memoir much more emotional depth, certainly more than I was expecting. I also appreciated how the author had each chapter broken up into different topics, which helps to make this a very smooth read, with plenty of opportunities to put the book down and easily pick it back up again.

All Walks of Life (and Death) was a shocking, enlightening, and emotionally resonant read. The author holds nothing back, and provides insights into the various things first responders face, and I’m sure any average reader will be stunned by the things that they learn. I recommend this book to any reader who is curious to know what it is like to live a day in the life of a first responder.

Pages: 302 | ASIN: B0979MZD8K

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