Both Sides of the Fire Line: Memoir of a Transgender Firefighter


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$28.99  $26.96
Chicago Review Press
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6.31 X 9.34 X 0.8 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

Bobbie Scopa is a retired firefighter, author, podcast host, and public speaker. She has forty-five years of firefighting experience and has received numerous professional awards and industry recognition, including Firefighter of the Year (1990) from the Professional Firefighters of Arizona; Governor's Award, State of Arizona (1990); Certificate of Appreciation from the City of New York for work performed at the World Trade Center in 2001; and the Unit Citation Award for efficacy in the U.S. Forest Service (2014). She was a featured speaker at the U.S. Forest Service's "Pride Outside" diversity, equity, and inclusion event in June 2021. She is also the host of the podcast Scopa divides her time between Puget Sound, Washington, and Scottsdale, Arizona.


"In this compelling new book, Bobbie Scopa shares her life as a man, a woman, and a firefighter. Each chapter of her life, and of this book, can help us to better understand what it means to be transgender. As she mentions, the only experience that many people have of the transgender experience comes through the media. Her memoir reminds us that transgender people, while facing unique challenges in their lives, have the same goals as all human beings do: to discover who they are, to find love as best they can, and to serve their community with compassion and grace." --James Martin, SJ, author of Building a Bridge
"A deeply personal account of a unique life and the bravery it takes to be the person one is meant to be." --Library Journal
"I tore through Bobbie Scopa's fascinating and moving memoir. It's honest, direct, brisk, funny, and above all, human." --Alex Blumberg, host of the podcast How to Save a Planet
"Firefighters, and wildland firefighters in particular, are a special group, and many will see themselves in this book. Bobbie's rise in the fire service, both structural and wildland, was not without hardship and challenges, and she tells her unique and compelling story with humor, introspection, and grace, holding very little back. She embodies the wildland fire leadership principles of duty, respect, and integrity." --Riva Duncan, retired US Forest Service Fire Chief
"Filled with humour, grace and honesty, Both Sides of the Fire Line is an intimate view into someone who's devoted their life to saving others."--International Fire Fighter Magazine