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Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Ghetto Medic: A Father in the ’Hood is the remarkable true story of the life of Bill Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, Maryland, a city which today boasts the busiest fire stations in the United States. The story begins in 1945, when Bill, aged four, is badly burned in a terrible fire. When he reaches adulthood, he begins searching for his purpose in life ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Brickhouse Books, Inc.
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J.L. Whitehead
Sep 12, 2012 J.L. Whitehead rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A little girl whose father played an active, positive role in her upbringing has a tendency to be viewed as a larger than life figure. Even with his idiosyncrasies, he is a viable force that often reflects the morals that have been instilled in her. Sometimes, he may be given credit where credit isn’t necessarily due because a child’s fond memories has a unique way of elevating a good parent to heights that may or may not be distorted by time.

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Marcy Peskin-Larkin
"While some children listen to fairy tales before going to sleep, my bedtime stories were all about characters battling poverty, prejudice and addiction in Baltimore City ghettos..." This quote, from well into the book, good have been the opening line. Written in the voice of her younger self, Rachel Hennick tells the tales of her father's professional career as a firefighter and paramedic in the city of Baltimore.

The vivid descriptions of deplorable situations; people infested with maggots, li
Amy  Katherine Brown
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! As a history buff, the wife of a volunteer fire fighter, and one who has worked herself in some "ghetto" areas in the city I live near, this book was great!! I loved the stories, the local color and the history provided about Baltimore. While I've been to the city several times, there was a lot to learn yet about the city. The book was a great testimony to a public servant, and to those whose lives are shaped (unfortunately or fortunately) by their environment an ...more
I obtained this book when it appeared on a list of free or deeply discounted Kindle titles. The aspects to which I reacted positively were the author's clear regard and respect for her father and the work he did; and the factual and historical information about the city of Baltimore.
But, the book did not hold my interest, and I found myself skimming through sections that seemed repetitive or redundant. Although there are descriptions of difficult situations, and personal injury, I did not find
Angela Holland
What an honor it was to read and follow the accounts of Bill Hennick's career as a firefighter and first responder in Baltimore! It is reassuring to think that there can be such compassionate people working within our emergency system despite the terrible conditions they must endure. Rachel Hennick does a wonderful job recreating the ghetto of her father's work and her suburban childhood. With grizzly realism that offsets the almost superhero goodness seen in Bill Hennick's outlook on life, this ...more
I got this book for free...and I'm glad i didn't pay for it. I was glad to see the title/synopsis include the idea of a child who looks/looked up to her father, a fire fighter, and admired him for his work.

Unfortunately, the book did not hold my interest. There were a lot of personal stories, which one would expect in a book like this, but it all began to run together and I found myself skimming just to get through it. There was no tension building, so the need to keep reading wasn't there.
Sarah Chamberlain
Mar 09, 2013 Sarah Chamberlain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Paramedic in this true series of stories is the father of the author. Beautifully written, the book is a paean to the brave and skilled work of firefighters and EMT's in Baltimore between the 1960's and early 1990's. it is also a tribute to the resilience of poor people living in grim circumstances. The author also weaves in a succinct yet lyrical history of Baltimore and some of its residents, both famous and obscure. I highly recommend this book.
Dec 28, 2015 Debbi rated it liked it
If you are from Baltimore you will enjoy this insiders view of the city through the eyes of a Baltimore City Medic and firefighter.
Jan 03, 2013 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A biography of a Baltimore firefighter turned Medic written from the unique point of view of his daughter listening to his endless stories about work. The book starts off with a roar and lost my interest about two thirds of the way through.
Susan Miller
Jun 19, 2013 Susan Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written story of what life is like as a firefighter and paramedic from the 50's - 90's in the City of Baltimore, Maryland. Excellent descriptions put you in the moment for each episode as you see Bill's life in action.
Nov 27, 2012 Paul is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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I have begun to read this book and will edit my review upon completion.
May 25, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book about a father who decides to become a firefighter after being burned horribly as a young child. True story that us told extremely well
Jan 26, 2013 Baqash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish. Kept looking at the percentage to see if i was close to.done. Drags. Tells too much, and too much seeming extraneous material.
Oct 05, 2013 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although the premise is excellent, this book drags through a story which would have been much better had it been more concise.
Jan 26, 2013 Corissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the stories from the field. I didn't care for the history of Baltimore.
Oct 17, 2013 Jonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed learning about the history of Baltimore in this book.
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Rachel Hennick holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Adelaide, South Australia (2009), where she completed her dissertation on “The Responsibilities, Roles, and Rights of the Creative Nonfiction Writer.” She earned an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Writing from Stevenson University (2002) and an Associate of Arts Degree i ...more
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