Despite focusing on harrowing subjects, Warren maintains an approachable style that has an endearing buoyancy . . . The result is a well-balanced, courageously candid memoir that moves toward a note of hope, reassuring others that the grip of PTSD need not last forever. An honest, informative, emotionally stirring memoir.
"I drove to Fairfield to work a Saturday shift. The bright sun and clear blue sky made for a beautiful day, and I was eager to run some calls. In the afternoon, we were dispatched to a suicide attempt. I was still a new medic, but I’d already been on a handful of these calls.
We pulled up to a nicely landscaped house, with a Fairfield fire engine already on scene. We hopped out of the ambulance and hurriedly grabbed our equipment. A police officer directed us through a wooden side gate and into the backyard. A middle-aged man in jeans and a plaid shirt sat in a chair. The man had put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. The image before me was straight out of a horror movie.
The energy we had rushing through the gate drained as we processed what we saw. Three silent Fairfield firefighters sat with slumped postures on the edge of a planter with tears in their eyes.
“That’s our captain,” one of them said.
I didn’t know what to think or say. All I could come up with was, “So sorry for your loss.”
I couldn’t relate to this man. I was so thrilled with my life; things couldn’t get any better. Many years from this day, I would arrive at the same stage of my career, and I, too, would put a gun in my mouth and contemplate pulling the trigger. But for now, I was in love with this job."
from Flash Point: A Firefighter's Journey Through PTSD
Julie Barton, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself
“Warren brings her incredible heart and psychological wisdom to this page-turner of a book….This book is a gift for first responders everywhere, for the communities who support them, and for humanity at large. It is a must-read for anyone striving to become a better person."