FULL Interview - Kevin Hazzard - Grady Medic's Book On Black Men Who Were First American Paramedics (Dec 2022)
CIX! Glory to Jesus Christ! In this episode, Christopher interviews former Grady Paramedic Kevin Hazzard about his magnificent new book American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America's First Paramedics.
Now available in bookstores and online (link below), American Sirens tells the compelling story of the 24 black men from the projects of Pittsburg who overcame poverty, racism, and politics to make Freedom House Ambulance the first successful model of pre-hospital emergency medicine in America.
The first paramedic class of Freedom House Ambulance was even trained by the "Father of CPR," Peter Safar.
Check out our interview with Kevin to see why you should get (for yourself, your friends, and family) this moving, fast-paced, and enjoyable work of American history that reads like a gripping novel.
Trust me, you won't want to put the book down!
02:55 Kevin Hazzard gets into EMS
08:02 Elevator Pitch for "American Sirens"
14:28 What made Freedom House Ambulance so amazing?
21:55 John Moon was born at Grady?
25:50 Peter Safar, Father of CPR, helps found Freedom House Ambulance
28:25 CPR Trials? Anyone want to be a clinical test dummy? (lots apparently!)
36:05 Hazzard's first EMS job was a "Misfit Circus"
43:00 First Two Types of EMS people, "True Believers," "Killers," and
49:30 Third Type of EMS People, "Tourists"
54:00 EMT School doesn't help you learn bedside manner
56:42 How "American Sirens" came about
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