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Tony Trimble

Official Site of the Author of

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The paperback book is NOW available!!

E-book is available in Epub & PDF format too!

The book is up for pre-order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble with a launch date on
December 22, 2023.


Grady Medic

You are about to vicariously live a paramedic’s life where there is little connective tissue between the chapters, and this was done intentionally.  As a paramedic, you never know what the next call into your ambulance will bring into your professional life. 


I wanted you to have that self-same experience in your comfy chair. 


The tales may be funny, tragic, or make you scratch your head as you say, “What the hell?’, or leave you with a sense of relief & wonder.  That is the world that my Grady Medics & I have lived throughout our careers.

You may be taken to training or see things as a field supervisor sees it happen while working with his employees. 


The timeline of this story begins normally with how a country boy from the rural area of Jackson, Georgia got into this outlandish field as one of the pioneers of EMS and found himself working at Grady EMS. 


After that happens, strap in for a rollercoaster ride through history.  Yes, the stories and tales told are all true to the life of a medic; most are mine and others belong to my friends from that era.

My Background

James A. (Tony) Trimble lied his ass off at 17 years old to sneak into a Basic Emergency Medical Technician class in 1975 because he watched the television show ‘Emergency’. 

That fateful decision led to a 27 year career spent as a paramedic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia where he also worked as a Field Training Officer and Operations Supervisor.  His Georgia Paramedic Number is 337. 

After becoming a Registered Nurse in 2005, he worked in various emergency rooms around the state of Georgia until 2023.

Now he spends his time at home with his beloved wife, Betsy, and rides herd on a group of rambunctious canines sharing his home. 

Tracy Arnold, Paramedic, Grady EMS

"Thank you Tony for sharing the story of compassion and empathy for all people and a daily challenge to try and instill in our new medics at Grady EMS. I will continue to fight the good fight. Love you Tony Trimble"

Joey Bearden, Paramedic

" You don't just read it, you live it!!!

"Grady Medic" is a MUST READ for Anybody that is, Ever has been, or Thinks they might ever want to be a "Grady Medic"... or anyone interested in what Really goes on, day and night, in the world of the unknown! 
  Nobody can truly comprehend the life of a "Grady Medic" without actually living it, but Tony's "Grady Medic" will take you as close as you can possibly get, without actually being there, with the ones that were there! At times, you will feel like you are there! At other times, you will be glad you were Not there! A True Grady Medic is Always "There!" Ready for Anything! Anytime! Anywhere!! Nobody exemplifies it better than Tony!! To sum up "Tony Trimble" and "Grady Medic" into one word..... "REAL!"
  Tony was not only a perfectionist as a "Grady Medic", but also as a pioneer and a stellar leader,  Highly respected by All! He expected nothing but the same... The Best of the Best from the Elite! 
  Now he's done it again! As an astonishing author! "Grady Medic" is, by far, the Best and most "Real" book I've ever read! "Tony Trimble" and "Grady Medic" are as "Real" as it gets! Yes, it is possible to laugh and cry at the same time!!"

Tommy Cooper,

NP/EMT-P, GA PMDC 3161 - Retired

"I have read the finished product from cover to cover. Some of the events Tony describes, I was there."
"Some of the events brought tears to my eyes because these “Grady Medics” that I had the honor of working shoulder to shoulder with are no longer with us. But rest assured, I can attest that these events are real."
"1When you read this novel you will experience a side of Atlanta that most do not know exists."
Always a Grady Medic

From the Book's Editor

“You need to share these stories about these people from your EMS career with the rest of the world. . . .”


These words spoken by Betsy Nealy, as written in the Foreword of Grady Medic, could not be more true. The author is a master storyteller who has compiled a phenomenal collection of very memorable “writings and musings” about his experiences as a paramedic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.


The stories found within the pages of this book—heroic, compassionate, hilarious, stunning, chilling, outrageous—are crafted in a well-honed writing style and unique voice that takes the reader along for ride after ride on call after call in an ambulance in the sprawling city of Atlanta. (Readers will never look at an ambulance racing by in the same manner ever again.)


Laugh-out-loud humor about shenanigans and mishaps with partners and fellow medics is expertly blended with accounts of lifesaving deeds performed with the same level of care and compassion regardless of a patient’s lot in life.


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