Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic

Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic

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The education of a New York City EMS worker, whose tales of tragedy and transcendence over a single year culminate in the greatest challenge the city’s medical first-responders have ever faced: COVID-19.

As a seasoned medical technician and union leader, Anthony Almojera thought that he understood the toll of their job on first responders. They carried the traumas of the city, but also its triumphs, whenever a baby was born on a subway platform or an elderly man in cardiac arrest was brought back from the brink of death. So when a strange new virus began spreading in New York, Anthony thought that his life and training had prepared him for this new challenge. The months ahead would prove him wrong, and would test the strength of the entire EMS system: a critical thread in the fabric of the city, but one that quickly found itself at the breaking point.

Following one paramedic into hell and back, Riding the Lightning tells the story of New York City's darkest days through the stories of one extraordinary medic and the New Yorkers he serves—and serves with: ordinary people who will continue to make New York an extraordinary place long after it has been reborn from the ashes of 2020.

Available Resources

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358652908

  • ISBN-10: 0358652901

  • Pages: 192

  • Price: $26.00

  • Publication Date: 06/14/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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Anthony Almojera

ANTHONY ALMOJERA is an EMS Lieutenant and Vice President of the Local 3621, the New York Fire Department's EMS Officers' Union. He has been profiled on the front page of the Washington Post, and featured by CNN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, NPR, the BBC, and numerous other media outlets. Born in Brooklyn, he is a practicing Buddhist and works a third job as an on-site paramedic at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Available Resources

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358652908

  • ISBN-10: 0358652901

  • Pages: 192

  • Price: $26.00

  • Publication Date: 06/14/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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