The Flame Within

Memoir of a Firefighter

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About the Book

A former City of Milwaukee firefighter, the author writes his memoir with candor, depth, spice and emotional insight. He lays out the tumultuous events that led him as a youth into the profession, and the wealth of eye-opening experiences along the way. He plumbs the character of the firefighters and paramedics who answer the call for rescue—but also the character of those who make the call, the rescuer and the rescued.
The author keeps the reader close with vivid details of fighting fire and dealing with the anguish of loss and destruction. He pulls no punches; he also describes the promotion process, the politics in stations and in the service as a whole, the struggle of teaching young firefighters, and the heavy price of dedication. The book fully displays the humanity of members of the fire service and the flavor of fire service tradition.

About the Author(s)

Literary and documentary film consultant, Wayne Mutza has published more than two dozen books and articles. He lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Wayne Mutza
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 250
Bibliographic Info: 13 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7276-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0159-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 7

 1. The Road to the Glass House 19

 2. The Glass House 31

 3. Interlude 55

 4. Back to School 63

 5. Engine 5 81

 6. Scary Stuff 119

 7. Truck Man 128

 8. An Officer and a Gentleman 155

 9. Brady Street 166

10. More Characters on Brady Street 190

11. The Beginning of the End 215

12. Later Lessons 219

Epilogue 232

Index 239