Monday, August 8, 2011

The Story of a Family of Firemen

 I am delighted to introduce you today to some of our true-life heroes, not the ones in movies and books. Meet Gary R. Ryman, the second of three generations of firefighters in his family. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland and has been employed as a fire protection engineer for over twenty-five years. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American History. Ryman is married with two children. His oldest son makes up the third generation of firefighters in his family, which makes
him feel both old and young at the same time.

About the Book:


By Gary R. Ryman

Having served over thirty years in fire departments across three states, Gary R. Ryman brings a unique perspective to the firefighting experience. The son and father of firefighters, Ryman ignites the fire, smoke, blood and fear spanning three generations of the "family business." He recounts his early days in upstate New York learning from his father, the department fire chief. He describes the blazes he battled with a career and volunteer crew in the crowded suburbs of Washington, D.C. He examines the mentoring relationship established with his son as they respond to the calls of a volunteer department in rural Pennsylvania. Overall, Ryman shares both the personal and professional turning points that define a firefighting career.

My Review:


By Gary R. Ryman

Book Courtesy of Tribute Books

The sirens blare as the fire truck races down the street. Firefighters on their way to another fire or accident, we think, and are thankful our house is safe or our family or someone we know aren’t injured. But do we ever stop to think what being a fireman is really like. Sure, they visit schools and teach fire safety. They answer alarms for drownings, auto accidents, fires, and other things we can’t even imagine. Well, if you’ve ever wondered about or thought of becoming a firefighter there is a book out that will give you an inside look at what it’s like. You may be surprised.

Author Gary R. Ryman has written a book about three generations of firemen in his family: his father Richard Ryman, himself, and his son Mike. From battling house fires to administering aid at auto accidents, to saving babies’ lives the author takes the reader along with him and his fellow firemen. The scenes are so vivid that sometimes I could almost smell the smoke and feel the heat of a roaring blaze. The author also talks about trust among firefighters. For example, you don’t leave your partner alone in a fire. He mentions, too, that being a firefighter is a “thankless job” at times. So why does he do it? Why do others do it? For Gary Ryman it’s “the satisfaction of doing something only a small percentage of people can do--entering buildings being consumed by fire and having the skill to save lives.” Some of the calls are funny, but I’ll let you enjoy reading about those yourself. Others are sad and make you appreciate the bravery and dedications of the firefighters.

FIRE MEN, STORIES FROM THREE GENERATIONS OF A FIREFIGHTING FAMILY tells a great story about the joys and the sadness of the job. Of course, fire departments in different towns, large and small, would be a bit different. But they all have one thing in common: saving lives and property. As the wife of a retired firefighter, I recommend this book for a close look at the brave men and women who we take for granted, but who we want to be there when duty calls.

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Thank you, Gary and your family for all  you do.


  1. Beverly,
    Thanks for the wonderful review. Much appreciated.
    Gary Ryman

  2. Beverly, as the wife of a retired firefighter, your review means so much to us. Thank you for taking the time to read "Fire Men" and to share your thoughts about Gary's book. I'm so glad that you appreciated the vivid detail in Gary's writing as well as the humor and the honesty. You're right, it is very refreshing to read about a real life hero who bravely heads into the fire instead of running the other way.

  3. Hi Gary,
    Your story is very dear to me for I've had the pleasure of meeting many firemen through the years.

    Thank you and your family for making our world a bit safer.

  4. Thank you, Nicole, for sending the book for review. I really enjoyed it.

    Will post the review on Amazon and B&N later today. Also Good Reads.

  5. Oh, Beverly, what a lovely review! Thanks for sharing this with us all.

  6. Thanks, Darby. Of course there's a special place in my heart for firefighters.

  7. Even though there haven't been many comments, there have been 39 Page views of this post, so people are reading about the book. Good news.

  8. Addition: 89 page views today. 99 yesterday. Yes, I watch stuff like that. :)