Manhattan Medics

The Gripping Story of the Men and Women of Emergency Medical Services Who Make the Streets of the City Their Career


This firsthand account of September 11, written by a paramedic on the scene, chronicles the days before and after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Frank Rella describes the paramedic crew stationed at St. Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan, the eerie foreshadowing of the coming disaster, and his encounter with a Middle Eastern man who offered a tarot card reading. Rella details how he and his partner arrived at Ground Zero just as the second tower collapsed and rescued a firefighter who was having a heart attack. The vivid descriptions of turf battles between paramedics and fire department personnel at Ground Zero and elsewhere will arouse controversy and interest.
  • Elysian Editions; September 2003
  • ISBN 9780871273703
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Manhattan Medics
  • Author: Rella, NREMT-P, Francis J.
  • Imprint: Elysian Editions

About The Author

Francis J. Rella, NREMT-P, is a registered emergency medical technician-paramedic serving in the EMS 911 system of the City of New York. He is also an award-winning radio writer who produced and wrote the PBS Radio miniseries Great American Musicals, which later became a regular weekly program called Opening Nights. He lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey.