In 1983, in war-torn Lebanon, Robert J. Doyle ordered the complete destruction of an unsuspecting village. As he walked through the carnage later, he vowed one day he would somehow pay off the loss of innocent lives. Later, Doyle decides to become a volunteer firefighter and paramedic. He feels that with each life and property he helps to save; he makes a payment on his debt. For years, as Doyle responds to his community’s calls for help he ignores his own needs. To counteract flashbacks brought on by burnout, Doyle uses alcohol to keep going. Still, the memories of the destruction and dead villagers compels him to respond. The Volunteer centers on one man’s struggle with to find inner peace. And examines the question of what compels volunteers to respond no matter what time of day or night, to sacrifice their time, financial resources, their talents, and even their lives in the service of their communities.
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The driving force to write, "The Volunteer" was I thought it was high time volunteer firefighters, emergency medical service personnel were written about for volunteers have been ignored by Hollywood and by other authors alike. This novel is in their honor.About the Author:
Tom grew up in the rural areas of Upper Bucks Co., PA and studied to be a Catholic priest for 10 years after attending Catholic grammar school. During that time, he received his Associates from Lehigh Carbon County Community College and his Bachelor’s in History from DeSales University. After leaving the seminary during his novitiate year, he was approached by his Uncle who at the time was a Naval Commander assigned to Fleet Intelligence Atlantic. Tom went on to be a Physical Therapist’s Assistant for twenty years and in that time served his communities with the guys and gals of Lincoln Engine Company #2, of Phillipsburg, NJ, and the Colmar Volunteer Fire Company of Colmar, PA. Tom has been a lifelong supporter of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service personnel for he knows firsthand the sacrifices made by these individuals and their loved ones who choose this way of life of Service. Tom frowns on Hollywood for no one there has produced a movie nor an accurate TV series concerning these courageous men and women who, when their pagers sound, willingly place their lives and the lives of their loved ones on hold to respond to the call for help. They willingly place themselves and all they hold dear into harm’s way for people they probably don’t even know and receive no compensation for their efforts and do not expect any. Not only does he frown on Hollywood but also on authors who have failed to venture to write about these guys and gals until now. Tom now resides in the Poconos in Northeastern, PA, with his wife, two Yorkies and their black Lab.
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