After 42 years involved with the emergency service, including 25 years as a rescue helicopter crewman in Wellington, New Zealand, you could say that I am a handy guy to have around when things go wrong.
In May 2016, after nearly 4000 helicopter missions, I hung up my helmet for the last time. Today I am a keynote speaker, author, and a consultant/trainer in various areas of Emergency Management.
My first book, Emergency Response, was released by Penguin Random House (NZ) in October 2017. I was lucky enough to get a lot of media coverage when my book was released – click here to see/hear the TV, Radio and Print/web coverage).
I was born in Howard Beach, a suburb of New York City and always knew I wanted to be a fireman. I helped save a life for the first time, using CPR, when I was only 13 years old and I have gone on to be involved in thousands of live saving missions ever since.
I moved to Wellington, New Zealand, for a one year IT contract in 1990 and never left. I became a crew member on the Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter in 1991 and flew on nearly 4000 missions before I hung up my helmet for the last time in 2016.
Today I still live in Wellington but I travel frequently around New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.