One of the things I do with all my ebooks is to write a Dedication Page. This is a practice many artists of all mediums partake in. It is a way to recognize and offer thanks to someone (or a group of someone’s) who have helped you in some way through the often times gruelling process of crafting your art.
Here is the Dedication Page for You Called 9-1-1 For What? (You Called 9-1-1 For…):
Artie Becker was my first boss when I got into EMS, and he was truly one of a kind. Rocking a silver haired mullet, six-feet tall, and when he walked into a room you just KNEW he had arrived. He saw life as a show and he was always on stage. Working in EMS you often develop gallows humor as a way to deal with the pain, suffering, and misery of others. Artie could often find humor in the most morbid of circumstances. This wasn’t because he didn’t care… but because he knew that without doing that we would find it hard to carry on to the next call.
He was also really bad with names, but he knew how important they were to people. His solution was nicknaming everyone… and once Artie gave you a nickname, it stuck. It became how everyone referred to you, your call sign, and would find it’s way onto the schedule (which happened to be one of his job functions).
For me personally, he was more than a boss. He was a mentor and a friend. He never held me back, whenever the opportunity arose he would give me the credit (instead of taking it for himself), and he would also at times take the blame (as opposed to placing it on me where it belonged). Knowing that I was into the “writing thing” as he liked to call it, he told me that I would need to write a book about all the craziness we encounter and see because really… you can’t make this kind of stuff up. This is why my first ebook having to deal with the business is dedicated to him, because he was really the one who insisted it should be done.
Although Artie is no longer with us in person, the knowledge and personality traits he has passed down to us live on.