“My father’s heart has always been in West Baltimore. It’s where he worked, lived, slept and ate. To him, West Baltimoreans are his other family. My father and I share a dream that this book might somehow make a difference.”
In case you missed the launch of Ghetto Medic, here’s a link to an audio recording of Rachel Hennick’s talk at the Pratt Central Library.
Rachel Hennick spent 10 years documenting her father Bill Hennick’s experiences working as a paramedic and firefighter, predominantly on Baltimore’s West Side, from the height of the civil rights movement to the 1990s.
“These were my bedtime stories—that is when Dad wasn’t out protecting people and property in some of Baltimore’s poorest districts,” Rachel says.
Rachel hopes that Ghetto Medic will pay tribute to her father’s life, the history of African American firefighters, and the historical legacy of the West Side.
It’s not too late to meet the author (and her father!) in person and get yourself a signed copy:
(7/19) Rachel and her father Bill will be at the Firehouse Expo with Firefighters Bookstore on Thursday, July 19 from 10:30 am to 1:45 pm to sign books and answer questions.
(7/20) The author and her father will be signing books on Friday, July 20 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Barnes and Noble, Power Plant at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
(7/26) The author and her father will be signing books at the Barnes and Noble, downtown Philadelphia on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street.
(8/4) The author and her father will be signing books on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville.
(8/11) The author and her father will be signing books Saturday, August 11 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Greetings and Readings Hunt Valley.