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Book Title: Ghetto Medic: A Father in the 'Hood|
The author of the book: Rachel Hennick
Edition: Silver Letter Press
Date of issue: December 16th 2012
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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 and identifies fire as “the enemy.” He joins the still-segregated Baltimore City Fire Department at the height of the civil rights movement, witnesses the race riots of 1968 which followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, and battles the ensuing infernos.
When the upper and middle classes abandon the city, Bill sees a “wasteland” and develops empathy for those people left behind. He tries to make a difference by becoming a paramedic, a service then in its infancy. His story is set against the history of Baltimore, known for its rich black heritage, the home of jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a spiritual journey as he risks his own life in caring for the poorest of the poor in a city with one of the world’s highest crime rates.
In this poignant biographical memoir about her father, Rachel Hennick tells a dramatic American story with vibrant characters, pathos and a twist of humor. Ghetto Medic penetrates the heart with a thought-provoking and universal message about the enduring power of compassion.
Cover Art © Mark Cottman 2012
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Read information about the authorRachel 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 in Communication Arts: Television and Theatre from Stevenson University (1990).
In 2004, she was awarded the Arts South Australia prize for creative writing and an International Scholarship from the University of Adelaide. Her short stories have appeared in the literary journal Island and The Australian Women’s Book Review, and on Radio Adelaide’s Arts Breakfast. In addition to Ghetto Medic, Rachel is also the author of Ketut’s Kitchen: With Love From Bali, a soon-to-be released biographical cookbook about a Balinese chef. Rachel lives in South Australia with her husband, and vacations in Baltimore where she devours crab cakes for breakfast.
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