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    Default Book Report: Population:485

    by Michael Perry.

    Written by a guy that is a volunteer FF/EMT in a small WI town. He gets a little fancy with the words and a little like Tom Bodet with the small town stories but he covers a lot of what it is like to volunteer in a small town.

    Some really funny tales and some definitely sad times but a good read for winter. His remarks on the diversity of folks who volunteer are right on the head, as are his explanation of why he volunteers. I could line a lot of his characters up with folks in my dept.

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    I just finished reading this book not too long ago and I couldn't agree with your comments more!

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    Thumbs up Ok.........

    On the inside First page or two, there is a IBN Number. Sort of a Social Security number for books. Also on the same page should be the name of the publishing house. If someone could post that info here, it would be a great help to anyone who wants to find it. Thanks.
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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    Population: 485
    Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
    by Michael Perry

    List Price: $13.95
    Pages: 256
    Format: Paperback
    ISBN: 0060958073
    Publisher: Perennial
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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    Another 'fun' read is Rescue Alert - written by a couple I used to ride the ambulance with - I have a signed copy floating around here.....

    Rescue Alert
    by Joan E. Lloyd, Edwin B. Herman
    ISBN 0425140520 / 9780425140529 / 0-425-14052-0
    Publisher Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
    Language English
    Edition Softcover

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    this is on amazon for $5.60 right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRider73 View Post
    this is on amazon for $5.60 right now.

    Matt
    Which one is $5.60 now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Population: 485
    Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
    by Michael Perry

    List Price: $13.95
    Pages: 256
    Format: Paperback
    ISBN: 0060958073
    Publisher: Perennial

    Always one step ahead........ Thanks Bro.
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    Always trying to help out a member of the business.

    We go back a far peice too!
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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    Population 485 is $5.60

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    Thumbs up Found it!.......

    OK, I found it at BooksaMillion. Thanks everyone.
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    Not a bad book... pretty easy read.
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    I think I can get this on my Kindle. I will look for it tonight. Just researched it a bit and sounds like a good book. If not They are $4.01 shipped on amazon right now. (used)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdschmidt View Post
    I think I can get this on my Kindle. I will look for it tonight. Just researched it a bit and sounds like a good book. If not They are $4.01 shipped on amazon right now. (used)
    yes you can get it for kindle, that's how I read the book

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    Bought it last night when I got home from work and started reading it. Couldn't put it down, I probably would have read the whole thing if I didn't have training at 7. Can't wait to finish it up tonight.

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    My boss gave me a copy of Population:485 a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed it, gave a good insight into the workings and characters in a typical small town volunteer department. I recognized many of the members of my own department in this book....
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Good read, I'm on chapter 8. I don't know why he has to use such obscure verbage. My ignorance showing I suppose.

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    I might have to get me a copy of that book...

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    Quote Originally Posted by treeguy View Post
    Good read, I'm on chapter 8. I don't know why he has to use such obscure verbage. My ignorance showing I suppose.
    Is it really bad???

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    Quote Originally Posted by FR911 View Post
    Is it really bad???
    He drops the F-Bomb more than necessary I think. All in all it isn't THAT bad. Still not something kid friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdschmidt View Post
    He drops the F-Bomb more than necessary I think. All in all it isn't THAT bad. Still not something kid friendly.
    Pretty sure that you can't drop the F-Bomb more than necessary. It's always necessary.

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    I should clarify, I am now on chapter eleven, and he dosen't drop the f-bomb at all. All I meant was, he uses words that so obscure and foreign to me that it seems a little like putting on aires. Didn't mean to accuse or confuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdschmidt View Post
    He drops the F-Bomb more than necessary I think. All in all it isn't THAT bad. Still not something kid friendly.
    You've been around an actual fire station before, haven't you?

    I should clarify, I am now on chapter eleven, and he dosen't drop the f-bomb at all. All I meant was, he uses words that so obscure and foreign to me that it seems a little like putting on aires. Didn't mean to accuse or confuse.
    Well, the guy admits he was a writer first and the firefighting came later. So yeah, he tends to be a little verbose. It seems that he's the town intellectual. How many volunteer firefighters do you know who attend poetry readings?
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    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    You've been around an actual fire station before, haven't you?
    I admit I swear more than I need to haha. Working in a saw mill and the FD, you are exposed to nothing but swear words, almost becomes a code. BUT, if I were going to write a book about my life, I would try to leave them out. I think he could have used some more acceptable replacement words. Either way it didn't bother me one bit, and was hands down one of the best books I have read in a good while. Glad someone here brought it up, or I would have never heard about it.

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