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"Chiefs, Pawns & Warriors" Media Kit
TITLE: Chiefs, Pawns & Warriors: A Memoir of Firefighter Ron Parker's 9/11
AUTHOR: Ron Parker
PUBLISHER: Ron Parker & Associates
DATE OF PUBLICATION: September 2013
RETAIL PRICE: $19.99 (Paperback)
Ron Parker was a first responder on September 11th, 2001 and a former tour guide docent at Ground Zero. He is a nationally recognized and honored retired NYC firefighter who lives true to one overriding value-an unwavering commitment to public service. Parker lives in a tradition of serving and protecting others.
Born July 12, 1955 as the second of five sons, Ron Parker learned the importance of public service from his father-a 24 year NYC police officer. Following in the strong family tradition, Parker joined the NYC fire department on Feb. 5, 1984 and retired May 12, 2004. For 20 years, Parker dedicated his life to saving others and was proclaimed a national hero for his first responder rescue efforts in the greatest tragedy known in our time, September 11, 2001. Among the many honors, Parker received 3 class 3 medals for notorious acts, a unit citation, and the World Trade Center medal for responding to Ground Zero less than 2 hours after the initial attack.
Although Parker was on vacation on September 11th, he immediately arrived on the scene just after the second tower collapsed. Following the terrorist attacks, Parker remained at the World Trade Center, was hospitalized several times and only broke for an occasional shower and…Parker learned how brotherhood training, trust, and faith in God can prevail through the most difficult and unimaginably trying times of his life. He later served for a couple years as a docent at the Tribute Center located across the street from Ground Zero.
While Parker is passionate about sharing the history of September 11th, it is not the most important thing in the world to him. His family holds that position. Parker now lives in Florida with his wife, retired Red Cross employee, Judy Parker. They have two sons and a canine companion.
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Ron Parker, first responder on September 11th, 2001 and former tour guide docent at Ground Zero, is a nationally recognized and honored NYC firefighter who lives true to one overriding value-an unwavering commitment to public service. Parker lives in a tradition of serving and protecting others.
- He learned the importance of public service from his father:
-Born July 12, 1955 as the second of five sons;
-His father served on the NYPD for 24 years;
-Served as a firefighter for 20 years; and
-Earned several awards including: 3 class 3 medals for notorious acts, a unit citation, & the World Trade Center Medal.
- Ron was on vacation when he learned about September 11th but went in to work anyway:
-He arrived on the scene immediately after the second tower collapsed;
-Worked at Ground Zero for several months following the attack; and
-Later served as a docent at Tribute Center across the street from Ground Zero.
- Ron is devoted to his family:
-Lives in Florida;
-His wife, Judy, is a retired Red Cross employee; and
-They have two sons and a canine companion.
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“Retired NY firefighter honors 9/11 history with his story in ‘Chiefs, Pawns & Warriors’”
On September 11, 2001, Ron Parker crawled through 20 stories of mangled steel, clouds of smoke, and ash in attempt to rescue thousands of civilians and first responders trapped beneath the fallen twin towers. Learn how the remainder of the New York City Fire Department’s “Bravest” performed on the darkest day in the history of the job. Stand beside him while victims are recovered from the wreckage of the September 11th attacks. Get your hands dusty alongside him as you dig through the rubble in search of survivors.
“I couldn’t find anything that was discernible other than the steel beams that were supposed to be holding the building. I didn’t know where up or down was. I had to crawl over something to down into something. All I could do was look for voids of space where I could crawl deeper into the maze and look for someone. Someone is going to be behind the beam, or somebody is going to be…somewhere waiting for help. That’s why I had to get there.”
When a case of mistaken identity causes him to be falsely accused of stealing from 9/11 widows and orphans, Ron learns to live with the death of dozens of his firefighter friends in isolation from the FDNY brotherhood that had always supported him. Walk with Ron as he uncovers a fresh foothold on the trek to find closure and move forward after the impossible parts of life.
His only choices are to be a Chief, a pawn, or a warrior, because being a victim is never an option. But with his body pushed to its limits, his mind weighed down by the memory of fallen brothers, and his character called into question, Ron has the rare opportunity to discover what kind of man he has really become. Learn how he chooses to deal with the aftermath of an impossible reality and you too will know who he has become. You will also discover whether you are a Chief, a pawn, or a warrior.
Ron Parker is a 20 year FDNY vet who was a first responder on September 11th, 2001. Among many honors, Parker received 3 Class B medals for notorious acts, a Unit Citation, and the World Trade Center medal for responding to Ground Zero less than 2 hours after the initial attack. He then served as a tour guide docent at the World Trade Center Visitor’s Center. Parker now lives with his wife Judy in Florida and dedicates his time to educating people about September 11th.
Visit Ron’s website at www.AuthorRonParker.com to learn how to claim your copy of “Chiefs, Pawns & Warriors” today!
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“‘Chiefs, Pawns & Warriors’ Reveals 9/11’s Lesson in Character”
On 9/11, Ron Parker crawled through 20 stories of mangled steel, clouds of smoke, and ash to rescue thousands of men and women from the fallen twin towers. When a case of mistaken identity causes him to be falsely accused of stealing from 9/11 widows and orphans, Ron learns to live with the death of dozens of his firefighter friends in isolation from the FDNY brotherhood that had always supported him.
His only choices are to be a Chief, a pawn, or a warrior.
Learn which one he becomes when you pick up your copy of “Chiefs, Pawns & Warriors” today at www.AuthorRonParker.com.