In this memoir, Chief Vincent Dunn tells of his early years, examines his formative years in the United States Navy and the fire service assigned to a tough Harlem firehouse. It includes his brushes with death, rising up the ranks during the 1960s and '70s War Years, his best fires and worst firefighting mistakes, how luck and toughness helped him survive, seeing the rough and tumble political life of fire headquarters, and his mentor's fall from grace. Learn about his greatest family loves and greatest family failures, growing old in a young fire service and visiting badly injured firefighters in burn centers. Read his views on safety equipment, meet "Tough Timmy", Frank "the iceman's son", Ted Durant, the "Fire Factory" administrative consultant, Lieutenant Robinson, who saved the landmark armory truss roof, Ron Bucca, special operations firefighter, and his best friend the harbor police officer. Learn his views on women in the fire service and a firefighter's strike and firefighter layoffs, learn how overcompensation for a failed assignment started his technical writing career for WNYF and Firehouse Magazine, and discover his legacy to firefighters.