Monday, November 2, 2009

Saving Troy

Troy, New York native Bill Patrick was interviewed in the Albany Times Union about his book, Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City. Patrick worked with firefighters in the city for over a year while he gathered their stories for his book. He explains how this opportunity afforded him a different view of the city he'd grown up in:

"For one thing, you go everyplace. And you see every kind of person—every class, every walk of life—and you go inside their houses. Which is even weirder. I mean you can wander around the streets and see most of these people, but at 2 in the morning to be in their living room stitching them up or delivering a baby or trying to stop the bleeding coming out of somebody, that's a whole different situation."

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