FIREFIGHTER is the extraordinary life of Auckland firefighter
Roy Kennedy, who heroism made headlines when he rescued a
young girl from a blazing inferno.
Without self-pity, in ‘tell it like it is’ language, FIREFIGHTER is
crammed with humour as Kennedy writes first of coping with an
alcoholic father and an abusive stepfather, and then of a life where
incident piles on incident. From an early age he determined to set
goals and achieve them. And he learned that teamwork is the way
Surprisingly candid and exulting in danger, the book is also the
inside story of the making of a firefighter, and of the changes he
now sees necessary to the job.
Royd Kennedy is a no-nonsense man, tough on himself and
with the courage of his convictions. A controversial figure, he
never shrinks from speaking the truth as he sees it. This might
have been okay if it hadn’t been for the Manukau rescue. The Fire
Service seized on his bravery to promote the service as a whole,
but each new honour brought him charges of glory-hunting and
being too big for his firemen’s boots.
The George Medal, the Charles Upham Award, television
programmes in New Zealand and the United States, an American
feature film called Fire in the Heart, Reader’s Digest stories around
the world – he found his life changed forever by the events of just
Royd Kennedy resigned fr om the Fire Service in 1997. He owns
a publishing company and edits his own international emergency
magazine, Rescue 111. He now lives for his family and friends, and
for appreciating the present moment, “living each day with a
In good preloved condition but with library markings.