Lieutenant Paul Combs is a 15-year veteran firefighter for the City of Bryan (Ohio) Fire Department, where he is a Firefighter II, NREMT-B, Fire Officer I, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Ohio Fire Instructor I for the City of Bryan Fire Training Academy. In addition to being a firefighter/EMT-B, Lt. Combs is a classically trained artist and award-winning illustrator. This unlikely combination has made Paul one of the most compelling and distinctive illustrators in America today. Paul burst onto the scene with a refreshing new style that married classical realism, manic energy, and a zany imagination for caricature. His lavishly detailed illustrations are published worldwide in magazines (print and online), newspapers, and books.
Looking closely at our reflection as firefighters, and as human
beings, is important -- and never easy. Sometimes we need a little
help. The help came to the world's fire service in the form of the
incredibly talented firefighting artist Paul Combs. Paul is one of
those people who say what we are thinking -- only no one wants to
say it. In Paul's case, he does it through his amazing artwork. His
art sticks in our heads, with a message that helps us remember that
while we may not always take ourselves seriously, we must remember
how serious this job is. From the most solemn of subjects, to the
lighter side of what we do, you will absolutely love this book!
--Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, Loveland, Ohio