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Camaraderie. Courage. Commitment. Join host and former firefighter/paramedic Phil Klein as he delves into the heroic and heartbreaking stories told directly by the men and women who work the front lines every day. Whether you’re a first responder or simply interested in the lives of first responders, Stories From the Road presents a captivating, weekly perspective into the unique world of public service as only those who have experienced it can share.

Stories From the Road: First Responder Stories Phil Klein

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Camaraderie. Courage. Commitment. Join host and former firefighter/paramedic Phil Klein as he delves into the heroic and heartbreaking stories told directly by the men and women who work the front lines every day. Whether you’re a first responder or simply interested in the lives of first responders, Stories From the Road presents a captivating, weekly perspective into the unique world of public service as only those who have experienced it can share.

    Former Deputy Bridget - "Harassment"

    Former Deputy Bridget - "Harassment"

    “I never reported the things that were happening to me. I wanted so bad for people to respect me as a deputy sheriff, as an operator, as a narcotics investigator, and I realized that it was just not gonna happen.” – Former Deputy Bridget.Serving as a law enforcement officer inherently brings its own set of challenges and, for the 13 percent of full-time law enforcement officers who are female, those challenges can multiply quickly. As Bridget found, both men and women affected by harassment o...

    • 29 min
    PFC Murph - "Leaving the Job Behind"

    PFC Murph - "Leaving the Job Behind"

    “I made the conscious decision that I wanted to put my family first, and that is – it’s so important in our profession that you do that, because you need to give your best at home and, you know, do your best to leave work at work, because your family at home needs you. When people said, ‘Oh, you’re crazy! You’re leaving all that money on the table – you’re leaving all that!’ I said, ‘You know what, I never had it. […] I’m taking a sure thing right now so I can go home and be with my family.’”...

    • 27 min
    Coordinator Mindy - "The Derecho"

    Coordinator Mindy - "The Derecho"

    “And the instant thought I had was, ‘I hope we don’t have catastrophic injuries. I hope we don’t have any deaths, because we are now on an island. The people to the west of us are being hit by this, people to the east of us are gonna be hit by this. To the south, to the north - they’re all being hit by this. We are on our own.’” – Coordinator MindyIt’s been three years since the derecho swept through Iowa and, although the days following have since become a blur, Mindy vividly remembers the s...

    • 28 min
    CO Wayne - "Career Ending"

    CO Wayne - "Career Ending"

    “It was a hard pill to swallow. And […] it was one of these deals that if you was gonna retire, you know, you got that retirement date, you go have your little retirement party and everybody pats you on the back. You get that proverbial gold watch and everything, you know, ‘Good job!’ and, you know, ‘Enjoy your retirement.’ And, like I say, I walked in the door […] that day and people never seen me again. I never walked back in the door.” – CO WayneIt wasn’t Wayne’s plan to work in correction...

    • 21 min
    Captain Kara - "Fire and Life Safety"

    Captain Kara - "Fire and Life Safety"

    “I don’t care how long anybody has been doing this – when you hear that, it just creates something in you that is almost a feral response. You know, I don’t think that it’s something that you can even control – even if you are the most calm, salty, old-school firefighter and you’ve done it a thousand times – when you hear that, it just creates a reaction in you that’s just visceral.” – Captain KaraThe fire department’s alert system sliced through the previously quiet night, and Kara was jarre...

    • 38 min
    Paramedic Josh - "Eleven Patients and No Help"

    Paramedic Josh - "Eleven Patients and No Help"

    “You know we asked – I asked – ‘Hey, if you can send anybody from that other service we can get some mutual aid, and then if you can clear anybody out [of] the hospital, we have multiple children kind of on the ground ejected from a vehicle,’ and we – I – knew it was serious.” – Paramedic JoshA sea of red taillights laid out before them, Josh and his colleague quickly realized that the New Orleans East interstate – usually humming with traffic – had turned into a haphazard parking lot. They h...

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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82 Ratings

82 Ratings

denzlercs ,

What an excellent podcast!

My Father gave his life over to the local volunteer fire dept. He ate, breathed and slept fire. Being the oldest son, it was my obsession for as long as my memory extends. It was in my blood. I enlisted in the Marines. Upon returning home I got an application for the local volunteer fire dept in the area that I moved to. Unfortunately, I sustained a traumatic brain injury a couple of weeks out and have been unable to carry out my dreams. There are deep regrets in my mind for the choices made that put me where I am. This podcast is an excellent work and tells the stories of the first responders and the emotional baggage that comes inherently with the territory. I have listened to your podcast since I found it.

Hogie1 ,

Terrific Podcast

Great podcast to hear about what other first responders have dealt with. It’s good to be able to relate to their experiences. Definitely recommend!

E. Ramsey ,

Keep posting episodes

This is a cool and nice outlet for me to hear how others have gone through similar things. Keep posting!

From NRP Ramsey.

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