About the book

2For more than thirty years, Marjorie Leigh Bomben has been a member of the Chicago Fire Department, starting her career as a candidate paramedic working on an ambulance in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. Now a paramedic field chief, Bomben looks back on thirty years of service in It’s Not the Trauma, It’s the Drama.

The twenty true stories Bomben relates are unique—all told from the point of view of a woman rising through traditionally male ranks.

…Chief on the Chicago Fire Department and she doesn’t disappoint 
“The author is a highly respected Paramedic Chief on the Chicago Fire Department and she doesn’t disappoint with her book. I felt as if I was riding along with her in the ambulance as she shares her passion, fears, and excitement with you. I highly recommend you take a ride…”
—Steve Chikerotis, Technical and storyline advisor for Chicago Fire the TV series and retired CFD deputy district chief.

Bomben’s tales range from funny to gory, from the dangers paramedics face to the history of a venerable old firehouse. Some, of course, are about saving lives. Others are about simply staying alive.

It’s Not the Trauma, It’s the Drama: Stories by a Chicago Fire Department Paramedic is a compelling and absolutely absorbing read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections.”
—Midwest Book Review / Featured review for February 2016

From Bomben’s first trauma call—the result of a drag race along city streets gone horribly wrong—to her eventual rise through the ranks, her tales shift seamlessly from humorous encounters to descriptions of injuries human beings shouldn’t be able to endure. Through it all, It’s Not the Trauma, It’s the Drama offers a glimpse of the strain and risk experienced by Chicago Fire Department paramedics every day.