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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Drew Orsinger  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Drew was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Drew Orsinger wrote, ''The Firefighter’s Best Friend'' with his brother Trevor Orsinger. ''The Firefighter’s Best Friend'' is the first book to document the role and tradition of dogs who have dwelled in Chicago firehouses through real life stories, history, and photography. This soft-cover book sells for $19.95 and is available through the publisher, or the author’s website at A percentage of the proceeds generated from the sales of this book are donated to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp “I Am Me,” for children who have been hospitalized for burn injuries, a cause near to the hearts of Chicago firefighters.

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The Firefighter's Best Friend: Lives and Legends of Chicago Firehouse Dogs
ISBN: 1893121208

Lake Claremont Pr. 2003

"Wherever you find a firehouse, you will likely find a firedog or a story of one."

Working dogs are an often-overlooked segment of the canine population. The Firefighter’s Best Friend provides a rare look into a specific type of these dogs—those who have lived or currently live in the firehouses of Chicago. From the mutts in the 1870s who led the horse-drawn fire wagons, to citywide heroes, to the contemporary dogs that provide security, assistance, and companionship to today’s firefighters, the history and lore of Chicago firedogs is as rich as the city’s cultural heritage.

Whether at a fire, in the firehouse, or on the public relations circuit, these mascots play an important role in the day-to-day functioning of the Chicago Fire Department. They climb ladders, sound the alarms, fight fires, save children, break up fights, roll hose, exterminate vermin, protect property, and donate blood. And these public servants can play as hard as they work. . . playing basketball, visiting taverns and ballparks, socializing with neighborhood dogs, starring in the news, dining in style, and even hopping rides on the "L" and buses all by themselves. Trevor Orsigner and Drew Orsinger take readers on a tour of Chicago firehouses in their quest to document the lives and legends of every known Chicago firedog past and present.

As seen in Dog & Kennel and Animal Fair magazines, and in the popular Dogs with Jobs television series.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance "I Am Me Camp" for children who have been hospitalized for burn injuries, a cause near to the hearts of Chicago firefighters.


Drew and his brother Trevor were honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements

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, contact publisher Lake Claremont Press 4650 N. Rockwell Street Chicago, Illinois 60625 773-583-7800