JUST DOING MY JOB is a journey into the lives of the men and women behind the uniform the cops, firies and ambos. It is an exploration of humanity and the human spirit.
Imagine what it must be like to attend a fatal accident in which you know the victim; or to pull a baby out of a fire who is dressed in the same style of pyjamas that your child wears; or to have to knock on a stranger s door and tell a wife that her husband has been murdered, while in the background, her children are preparing for a slumber party. You may be called on to deliver a child or to help a family cope with the disappearance of a beloved son. At other times a day at work may find you chasing a naked man through a five-star resort; being escorted through a seedy establishment by a six-foot-four transvestite; or assisting a drunken woman who has somehow fallen into a shopping trolley and become stuck. Every day there is a possibility of being shot at, spat at, punched, verbally abused, or hugged and cheered The diversity of situations and emotions is surely as great as any person in any line of work ever experiences.
JUST DOING MY JOB tells the stories of the unsung heroes of our emergency services. Those who are just doing their job, protecting us, saving us, serving us. Most of us see nothing more than the uniform. These are snapshots of lives and events that will give the reader a better understanding of the men and women behind the uniform.
Bernie Shakeshaft is the founder and CEO of BackTrack Youth Works in Armidale, New South Wales. Living and working for many years in the Northern Territory, Bernie had a range of jobs before deciding to make his vision of working with disadvantaged young people a reality. Bernie and the team at BackTrack have helped over 1000 young people, and are now expanding to share their tools with other communities across New South Wales. Bernie was the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Churchill scholarship.
James Knight has worked in network television, on independent documentaries and is a bestselling author. He has writtern more than twelve non-fiction books, including the bestselling biography of outback legend Milton Jones, The Man from Coolibah, and the fascinating look at two of Australia's greatest storytellers, Henry and Banjo. He lives in Sydney.