AUTHOR: Joel Simmons

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After graduating from Texas A&M University, Joel started at the Houston Fire Academy in November of 1997 and has been in the Texas Fire Service ever since. He and Laura have been married twenty-nine years and have two sons who are both serving in the military. Joel and Laura live in New Braunfels, Texas, where Joel spends most of his spare time in or on the Comal or Guadelupe Rivers. He is a current member of Bracken Fire Department.


You Have a Kind Face
Reflections on a Firefighter’s Journey

You Have a Kind Face: Reflections on a Firefighter’s Journey is a collection of true, firsthand accounts of what a career in firefighting can be like. Over the course of twenty-six years in the Texas Fire Service, Joel has seen more than a few strange situations and difficult calls. From fighting fires in houses and apartments, to the extrication of a victim under a train, to struggling to save lives alone in the back of an ambulance, You Have A Kind Face takes the reader down a path most don’t travel.