My EMS Book Review for December is Silent Siren: Memoirs of a Life-saving Mortician by Matthew Sias. The book is a chronological progression along his unique career in emergency services.
Sias’ story is uncommon with respect to his career development. It’s normal for some new EMT’s to follow a non-EMS trajectory and eventually become career law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, PA’s, or doctors. Less common are the EMT’s who become coroners or morticians. Out of my hundreds of emergency service friends, I know of only two who pursued that path.
Going into the book, I had the preconceived notion of it being a collection of morbid stories that would depress even seasoned EMS providers. Despite the darkness of the cover and title, this isn’t the case. Sias weaves together several dozen short memoirs with a light and humorous writing style that engages readers to follow him through his pursuit of providing for a patient or family’s needs.