I just bought it too. Looks like a Great Book.I just bought it and paypal says I paid Steven Scher
I remember meeting Lt Hamilton back in 1968 when I was invited to ride with Rescue 2, then quartered on Carlton Ave with Engine Co 210. He was a very "low key" guy from what I remember.A hard to find hardcover book with dust jacket. This book is a must read for any firefighter! Book and cover are in very good condition.www.ebay.com
A nice companion to "20,000 Alarms" is Alex Donchin's magnum opus "First Due" published in 1980. It's hard to beat black/white photography for fireground drama, particularly at night.I remember meeting Lt Hamilton back in 1968 when I was invited to ride with Rescue 2, then quartered on Carlton Ave with Engine Co 210. He was a very "low key" guy from what I remember.
When I was in the kitchen with the other guys and Lt Hamilton was up in his office, ALL those guys told me of the many rescues and grabs that he had made. He was one of the most decorated firefighters in the FDNY. Of course at 17 or 18 years old then, I couldn't really appreciate the kind of work he had done.
Steven Scher is a former FDNY dispatcher. His semi fictional book "The Buff Chronicles" , published in 2006 is a must have, particularly if you are looking for US Secret Service radio frequencies or NYC Transit Authority radio codes. The jargon chapter is definitive. Now, when you hear Manhattan tell Engine 44 that "the caller is the doorman", you will know the troops are laughing....and pulling up their boots!Not sure who the author is on this book I have not seen this book before but looking at the few photos displayed ... # 1 the face of Box 2743 Charlotte & 170 Sts.. the most busiest WORKING War Years Box back when... #2 A Williamsburg BKLYN picture of then LT John Ryan & his FFs of ENG*216 using a Handline to cover themselves as they hooked up a Pumper Supply Line to a Hydrant at a heavily involved WILLIAMSBURG factory Fire....# 3 LAD*31 using their Bed Ladder Pipe...# 5 The FF on the left is Paul Zydor R*2 RIP..... curious what the book holds ? https://www.ebay.com/itm/FDNY-NYFD-...031855?hash=item1cf4f8d2af:g:nZ8AAOSwZmpfd18h