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Publisher's Summary

Filmmaker Steve McCarthy explores the meaning of heroism by discovering the life of his friend, Captain Paddy Brown, New York's most decorated fireman who died on 9/11. McCarthy starts with Brown's incredible acts of heroism, saving people from flames, breathing life into fire victims. Eventually, McCarthy finds a more complicated subtext: Brown's childhood in an alcoholic home, his abuse by priests, his rape at age 13, his traumatic tour of duty as a Marine in Vietnam, his string of lovers. Paddy emerges as a classic hero, one profoundly flawed and driven to acts of bravery by complex motives, including a drive for penance, self-destruction, and the creation of his own legacy.
Ultimately, Captain Brown seeks inner peace and in the course of that quest touches innumerable lives. At his moment of redemption, he climbs the stairs of the North Tower and dies comforting burn victims on an upper floor.
© and (P) Steven McCarthy
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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas Kennedy Jr on 09-08-16

One of a kind

Wish i had in in my life..Amazing person !!
Thank you !! Rest peacefully Paddy Brown, you were/are an inspiration !

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 07-30-13

An Inspiring Life

Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Paddy to be better than the print version?

Have not read print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paddy Brown. From difficult beginnings, and although stumbling along the way it would seem that Paddy Brown's life was one of self discovery and awareness of his place in the world.

What about Steven McCarthy’s performance did you like?

Steven McCarthy told a moving story well but without being over sentimental.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Right from the beginning, and punctuated through the story, the listener becomes aware of how valued is the man Paddy Brown through actual messages left by his friends, lovers, neighbours and colleagues on his phone answering machine as they become concerned for his safety.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was a story well told of a man whose life had such a positive impact on those who knew him.

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