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Paramedic :
One woman's 20 years on the front line

Author: Sandy Macken

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Experience the exhilaration and danger of emergency trauma, where a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death, but also the raw beauty, vulnerability and remarkable resilience of the human spirit.

We expect our ambos to be superhuman, remaining calm, controlling their emotions and thinking and acting clearly, however, the emotional depth of these stories will reveal a whole other side. Sandy is just like you, only she is at the wheel of an ambulance with life and death in her hands every day. Without shying away from the trauma, she shows the reader just how much a life deeply grounded in love can offer.

Sandy’s unique perspective as paramedic with the Ambulance Service will open your mind, awaken your heart and shine a light in some very dark places.

Sandy Macken

Sandy Macken

Sandy Macken is a writer, paramedic with the Ambulance Service and spiritual teacher. She has two decades of experience in frontline emergency health, and brings a calm, grounded approach to all she does. Sandy holds degrees in health sciences and education and she is currently studying a master’s qualification in counselling and psychotherapy. She has also been published in the international medical journal, EMS World. High-spirited yet also deeply pragmatic, Sandy is dedicated to fostering good health on all levels, especially among health and helping professionals.

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  • An Interview with Sandy Macken

    An Interview with Sandy Macken


    Sandy Macken is the author of Paramedic - One Woman's 20 Years on the Front Line and she joins me today to chat about her memoir, her career as a paramedic and her reading habits. Thanks for joining us Sandy. What was the most challenging part of writing your memoir Paramedic? Sandy: I wanted to give the reader the opportunity of walking with me step by step through some of the toughest jobs I have faced.

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