Friday, February 10, 2023

Cops, Firemen And Other First Responders: My Washington Times 'On Crime' Column On 'Called To Serve: The Inspiring, Untold Stories Of America's First Responders

The Washington Times ran my On Crime column on Called To Serve: The Inspiring, Untold Stories of America’s First Responders.

There is a saying that when something bad happens, people run from it, but police officers, firefighters and other first responders run toward it. “Called to Serve: The Inspiring, Untold Stories of America’s First Responders” explains why.


“Called to Serve,” written by my good friend Dava Guerin and authors Mike Hardwick and Sam Royer, is a “must-read for every American,” writes Fox News National Security correspondent Jennifer Griffin in her foreword to the book.

“In this important book, you will be moved by the deeply personal stories about first responders such as John (Woody) Woodall, as well as those who risk their lives for our health and safety and live by the oath they take to ‘serve and protect,’” she writes.


Country singer-songwriter John Rich wrote in a second foreword to the book: “In the American spirit, there lives a unique boldness of character and sense of duty when it comes to serving others. Among us, there are those chosen few who rise head and shoulders above the rest by dedicating their lives to doing the most dangerous and often most thankless jobs that carry with them the very real risk of life and death.”


“Called to Serve” profiles 16 dedicated and brave police officers, firefighters and emergency medical professionals who risk their lives every day. The book describes what motivates the first responders, how they operate and details their great triumphs and tragedies.


The book reveals what it takes to respond to immediate life-and-death situations and the toll it takes on them. We see cops respond to emergencies in high-crime neighborhoods, as well as responders pulling bodies from the ruin at ground zero after 9/11. There are also lighter moments in the book, such as the story of one first responder who performs as an Elvis impersonator to raise money for fallen firefighters.


The authors of “Called to Serve” say they will donate 10% of the book sales to the Gary Sinise Foundation.


You can read the rest of the column via the below link: 

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