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Discover the pulse-pounding world of emergency medical services in "First Responders: A Paramedic's Memoir." Join Chris, an experienced paramedic, on a gripping journey filled with life-or-death moments, heart-stopping rescues, and the unyielding spirit of those who answer the call. This captivating memoir offers a raw and intimate glimpse into the challenges, triumphs, and extraordinary humanity that define the life-saving work of first responders. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-fueled adventure that will leave you breathless and inspired.

Reader's Favorite Award Nominee

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.


Lisa Walker

“Mr Garris has written a wonderful view for anyone to "see" what we see, "feel" what we feel, and gain a better understanding. EMS, as all other first responders, become a FAMILY; a FAMILY BORN OF SHARED EXPERIENCE and stronger than blood."

Michael S. Friedberg

"This fast paced novel brings you into the life and thoughts of a NYC Paramedic. The book shares stories of his experiences as well as his emotion."

Alberto Barbieri

“Though I come from a different part of the world, your book deeply resonated with me. It mirrored my own experiences, evoking profound emotions. Your story, with its struggles and victories, struck a chord within me. I'm emotional because it reminded me that I am not alone. Across the globe, someone like you is standing up for people like us”
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Meet C.B. Garris, a remarkable author with a passion for sharing compelling stories that delve into the world of emergency medical services. Drawing from personal experiences and a profound understanding of the challenges faced by first responders, Garris takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the highs and lows of their remarkable career. With a unique perspective and a gift for captivating storytelling, Garris brings the raw emotions, gripping rescues, and unwavering dedication of these unsung heroes to life. Prepare to be moved, inspired, and forever changed by the powerful narratives crafted by C.B. Garris, an author who leaves an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of readers.



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Picture this – it's another day at the station, the adrenaline coursing through my veins as we gear up for action. But amidst the daily hustle, there's an air of melancholy, a palpable weight hanging over our professional family. We're still grappling with the loss of one of our own, a tragedy that lingers in our hearts.
As the day unfolds, I'll introduce you to the remarkable individuals who stand alongside me in the field. 


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