First Responders

A Paramedic's Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
322 Pages
Reviewed on 09/21/2023
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Author Biography

C.B. Garris brings you stories from the heart of the chaos and courage, shedding light on the often unseen but indispensable realm of first responders. Through the power of storytelling, he reveals the grit, resilience, and dedication that define their world.

Through captivating narratives, Garris unveils the lives of those who stand on the front lines, facing danger and uncertainty. With a fervent desire to portray the truth, he shares the challenges, the heartbreaks, and the triumphs of those who aren't driven by fame or fortune, but rather the pure essence of saving lives.

Garris's words weave a tapestry of compassion and bravery, giving voice to those who wear uniforms not for power, but for the privilege of arriving when people need them the most. His purpose is not to compare, but to illuminate and show that every first responder in the fabric of our society is vital.

Garris invites you to step into the shoes of these unsung heroes, to see the world through their eyes, and to recognize the sacrifices they make for the greater good. In a world that is often chaotic and divided, he reminds us of the unity that comes from standing together for a shared purpose - the safety and well-being of all.

Garris sheds light on those who work tirelessly in the shadows, revealing the depth of their dedication and commitment to humanity. He reminds us that amidst the chaos, there are those who will always stay, ensuring that hope prevails.

    Book Review

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.