Friday, May 31, 2013

Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself by Becoming an EMT by Jane Stern

I've been familiar with Jane Stern and her husband Michael for many years based on their classic American dining guide Roadfood (I never leave town without it!) and similar works. I think I bought Ambulance Girl many years ago because I recognized her name. It didn't seem like my kind of book, but then my wife read it and she loved it. So in the spirit of May's work theme, I decided to finally read it myself.

Stern decides to become an EMT in middle age because she wants to help people and feel useful. This book tells about her training process and some of the more interesting calls she has answered. She also has some psychological issues that are impacted positively and negatively by her new (volunteer) job.

Ambulance Girl is a quick and entertaining read. It should be required for anyone interested in becoming an EMT, especially later in life. As for me, I'll pass. But that's also how I felt before I read it. At least now I have a better understanding of the work and a greater admiration for those who do it.


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