You Break It, You Buy It

By: Dean R. Young

You Break It, You Buy It : Owning the Life Behind the Broken Reflection

A very personal view of what operational stress injury looks like from the perspective of three veteran first responders. Depression and anxiety disorders come in all shapes and sizes, and are catalysts for broken relationships, broken homes, and tragically, broken lives and suicide. This book was written because of the author’s own mental health issues that arose while living the dream.

“Dean’s biographical account of his life to date as a first responder is raw and honest to the point of making the reader at times uncomfortable. Being a multi-disciplined first responder, I found myself identifying with the author’s scenarios and personal struggles to the point of being overcome with emotion. Dean’s self-deprecating honesty throughout the book is engaging and gives real insight into the professional and personal struggles of being first on scene.

The opening chapters of the book take the reader through scenarios all too familiar with first responders and follows a couple responders, including the author, from gut wrenching scene realities back to their workplaces and homes. It is here that the book does its real work. “You Break It, You Buy it” is not just another how-to manual on scene logistics, but a get-your-hands-dirty in-the-trenches accounting of the destructive struggle of operational stress on front-liners, coworkers and on those they hold dearest: their friends and families.

BlueLine Magazine Review

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