ON THE BOOK SHELF
By John M. Malecky December, 2017
Into Harms Way
By Lieutenant Paul Geidel, FDNY
FSP Books & Videos
188 Central Street, Suite #4
Hudson, MA 01749-1330
This book is soft cover and measures 6-inches by 9-inches. It has 45 chapters within 187 pages. It is loaded with pictures as well so it is an easy read! The forward is written by the author's wife where she explains that the content is made up of his three most avid interests: FDNY Rescue 1 (where he served most of his career), the Korean War (where he served in a bomber squadron), and fast pitch softball (of which he was an excellent pitcher.)
Sadly, he is also the father of two FDNY firefighters who lost their lives. One of his sons lost his life on 9/11 and his body was never found, while the second lost his life from ill health sustained by working on “the pile” trying to find his brother. There is a third brother who also worked in the recovery effort and is still alive.
The author was a lieutenant at Rescue 1 and is now in his mid 80’s. He served the department during the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s and so this book is made up of many interesting and sorrowful stories that played out during that era including the 23rd Street Fire; the 1960 midair collision of two jets, each landing in a different borough; and the Constellation fire which occurred not too long after. Korean War stories are also interesting ones, and of course the fast pitch softball stories add a flair.
As you can tell, the stories are not long and the pictures make reading it go a lot faster. If you are or were a firefighter, especially a career one, you will appreciate some of the comical stories and horseplay around the station which you just may relate to or recall some of your own.
The stories are not in chronological order and they do bounce from one subject to another, but all in all it is another book that must be read. A color photo of his son, Gary is in the book and is removable.
May he and all of our heroes rest in peace!