Firestorm: Hurricane Katrina and the St. Bernard Fire Department

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During Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing aftermath of floods caused by failed levees, St. Bernard Parish suffered some of the worst damage. The rescue of over 6,000 stranded, injured, and defenseless residents proved dangerous, traumatic, and lonely for the parish fire department. Firemen would quickly learn their roles were diverse and demanding, and they would find little help from outside sources. Acting as EMTs, rescue and recovery, mechanics, social workers, and providers for parish residents, they had to ignore their own losses and heartaches for days in order to save as many lives as they could, alone.

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"Ms. Buuck has taken on the task of capturing the experience of these victims--our first responders--and putting words to their journey. It's a story that needed to be told so people could remember and could feel the tension in the shoulders of these heroes as they faced the uncertainty of the very community they sacrificed everything to save."
--Craig P. Taffaro, Jr., president, St. Bernard Parish

"Dedication, compassion, ingenuity, and selflessness were taken to a new level by the St. Bernard firefighters in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Even more amazing is that the firefighters could rescue and take care of residents knowing that they had lost everything they owned and while facing uncertainty about their families. That they operated under that stress level makes these stories even more remarkable!"
--Danny L. Todd, vice president, International Association of Fire Fighters Fourteenth District

"Ms. Buuck's book vividly brings to life what this tragedy meant for people, both those in harm's way and the courageous public servants who helped them."
--Richard P. Nathan, Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York

"One bright spot in this disaster has been author Michelle Buuck. I cannot thank her enough for what she is doing for St. Bernard Parish. She is taking our story and making us a part of American history."
--Thomas Stone, fire chief, St. Bernard Parish Fire Department

Michelle Mahl Buuck was born and raised in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. She served on the board of directors of Nunez Community College's History Lecture Series for three years and has written for the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, reporting on community news for St. Bernard Parish.

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Michelle Mahl Buuck was born and raised in the Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans. Her family includes three generations of firefighters; her grandfather and father retired from the New Orleans Fire Department, and her son is a St. Bernard Parish firefighter. This, in addition to her years of community involvement in St. Bernard Parish, gave Buuck the inspiration for her first Pelican publication, "Firestorm: Hurricane Katrina and the St. Bernard Fire Department."

Buuck earned an associate's degree in general studies/social sciences from Nunez Community College and worked twenty-two years as a senior project coordinator for MI-Swaco, a global energy services company. She has also written for the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans for twelve years, reporting on community news for St. Bernard parish, which she had made her home.

Buuck was a popular lecturer in the Nunez Community College History Lecture Series and also spoke at local schools, libraries, on PEN-TV, and for various organizations in response to a historical manuscript she completed on the LeBeau Mansion in St. Bernard Parish. Buuck self-published the manuscript, entitled A Forgotten Monument, with the help of the college.

She serves as chairman on the board of directors of the Nunez Community College History Lecture Series. Buuck also sits on the board of directors of the Louisiana Institute of Higher Education, Inc. She is happily married to Ted Buuck, and they are the parents of two children, Caleb and Eden. They reside in Covington, Louisiana.

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