Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Review of Fire Men

Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family

Author: Gary R. Ryman

Published: 2011

ISBN: 978-0-9822565-6

Publisher: Tribute Books

Book Website

Having served over thirty years in fire departments across three states, Gary R. Ryman brings a unique perspective to the firefighting experience.  The son and father of firefighters, Ryman ignites the fire, smoke, blood and fear spanning three generations of the “family business.”  He recounts his early days in upstate New York learning from his father, the department fire chief.  He describes the blazes he battled with a career and volunteer crew in the crowded suburbs of Washington, D.C.  He examines the mentoring relationship established with his son as they respond to the calls of a volunteer department in rural Pennsylvania.  Overall, Ryman shares both the personal and professional turning points that define a firefighting career.

When I heard about the book, Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family, I wanted to review it because I have family and friends who either have been firefighters or still are.  I know it takes a very special type of person to be a firefighter, because they face danger every time they answer a call.  They truly are heroes.

In Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family the author shares stories of going to the fire station as a young boy and learning early on what it means to be a firefighter.  There are stories of intense blazes, holiday calls, sirens blaring, car accidents, and rescues happening just in time that span throughout the three generations of this firefighting family.  Ryman doesn’t sugarcoat any of the stories.  He tells it like it is, sharing the mistakes as well as the triumphs. 

I think that anyone who is already a firefighter, anyone interested in becoming a firefighter, or anyone who enjoys reading memoirs will want to read Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family.

Gary R. Ryman is the second of three generations of firefighters.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland and has been employed as a fire protection engineer for over twenty-five years.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American History.  Ryman is married with two children.  His oldest son makes up the third generation of firefighters in his family, which makes him feel both old and young at the same time.



Tribute Books said...

Thank you Susanne for taking the time to read and review Gary's book. We appreciate your support of hosting a stop on the Fire Men blog tour.

You're right - it does take a special type of person to be a firefighter. I'm glad that people like Gary and your own family and friends are out there keeping the rest of us safe.

Talli Roland said...

Thank you for the review, Suzanne. It sounds like an interesting book.

Joylene said...

Wonderful tribute. Thanks!

Marlena Cassidy said...

It's wonderful to the story of such a hero shared with everyone. Thanks for getting it out there, Susanne!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi to everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I enjoyed this book. As the wife of a retired firefighter, I can relate to many of the scenes the author mentions.


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