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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
C.B. Garris relates his experiences as a member of the New York City EMS in his book First Responders. The author details intense situations, chronicling the atmosphere of the call, the people involved and their injuries, and the quick assessments that save lives. Garris discusses the codes and equipment used by his unit to secure each emergency and the emotions that run high in dramatic situations. Alongside his work life, Garris relives the interactions with his close colleagues and love interest, revealing the depth of his character and commitment to his friends and work.
In his heart-pounding memoir, C.B. Garris shares stories of camaraderie and intense cooperation as he conveys details about people whose chances of survival are grim. From nearly electrifying subway rescues and hemorrhages to pediatric calls and stab wounds, Garris places his readers in the center of the action, endearing them to the victims as well as to the personnel who try to save them. Garris interjects portions of his personal life as well as details of the people on his team, making the reader fully invested in the outcome of each chapter. To fully appreciate first responders, it’s important to hear their stories, and Garris has contributed an account of his involvements that warrants careful, empathetic reading. I sincerely doubt that many readers will be able to contemplate the stirring contents of this book without a full range of emotions. Readers who enjoy action-packed stories with drama and themes of friendship and loyalty will enjoy First Responders.