As a member of Victoria Police's Air Wing, Cameron Hardiman felt like he was ten feet tall and bulletproof. The air wing brought him plenty of excitement and drama - from searching for missing aircraft to accidentally discovering marijuana crops to working with paramedics. But it also brought him plenty of trauma ...
Cameron Hardiman lived a life most young boys could only dream of. Every morning he put on a navy blue police flight suit, grabbed his flight helmet, and prepared to work on the police helicopter. He could be called to anything during a shift, to search for a missing child, to pull an injured driver from a wrecked car, or a dangerous sea rescue.
He saw his fair share of trauma and dealt with it like most coppers would: he quickly put each dangerous job out of his mind as soon as it was over. But one particular rescue in Bass Strait brought about a reckoning - and Cameron was never the same again.
This is the brilliantly told, white-knuckle story of one cop learning every lesson the hard way - and coming to find out that being not quite bulletproof doesn't mean that you're not a good cop.
In summary, a bloody good read. It's raw, it's honest, it's confronting, and at times horrific. And that is what operational Police work and PTSD are all about. Cameron Hardiman was a dedicated Police Officer, was and still is an exceptionally brave man. A man who, on so many occasions placed himself in extremely dangerous situations to help and or try to save the lives of others. He and his service to Australia deserve enormous respect. Proud to be your friend mate.
Hard to put this book down. Cameron Hardiman gives you a great sense of reality of what is involved to be a police rescue helicopter officer. He weaves the grimness, the humorous and the downright dangerous into each chapter. What the author and his fellow police colleagues do and have done is extraordinary. If you don’t believe me, then read this book.
This book had me on the edge of the seat at times and then at others gave me a heavy heart. It is sometimes hard to understand what individuals in these type of roles go through. Cam’s honesty surrounding his PTSD was very comforting to me and knowing that someone else gets it. Great read. Thanks for hearing your story.