Author(s): Dave Greenberg
Stories from a life spent in the emergency services - true tales of rescue and adventure.
When Dave Greenberg was just 13 years old, he saved a life for the first time, using CPR. He already knew that he wanted to spend his life helping others in times of crisis, and that harrowing event on a city footpath only confirmed this desire. He went on to spend 25 years working with Life Flight - the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service in Wellington, New Zealand, taking part in many daring rescues on land and at sea, often taking the role of 'the dope on a rope' - their own term for the rescuer who dangles from a winch over stormy seas trying to pluck people from heaving ship decks or from the ferocious waves. These are his stories.
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Dave Greenberg grew up in New York and knew from the age of eight that he wanted to be a fireman. In 1990, after many years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT (emergency medical technician) in the US, he arrived in New Zealand for a one-year IT contract and has never left. He joined the Life Flight team in 1991 and in 2016 completed 25 years and nearly 4000 missions aboard the Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter.