In the December episode (links below), 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 (links 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.

It’s the perfect holiday gift.

Trust me, they won’t want to put the book down!

Podcast link (all platforms):

Listen to the FULL Interview on your favorite podcast platform HERE

YouTube video links:

  1. FULL Interview – Kevin Hazzard – Grady Medics Book On Black Men Who Were First Paramedics (Dec 2022)
  2. I have a dream, on the importance of character versus race w/ Kevin Hazzard
  3. Freedom House Ambulance conflicts with police w/ Kevin Hazzard
  4. On the not so fun side of EMS w/ Kevin Hazzard
  5. On messing up your first call in EMS w/ Kevin Hazzard
  6. How EMS affects your personal and family life w/ Kevin Hazzard
  7. On the difference between EMS and combat medics w/ Kevin Hazzard
  8. Discovering Freedom House Ambulance w/ Kevin Hazzard
  9. On getting into EMS w/ Kevin Hazzard
  10. EMS has three types of Paramedics: True Believers, Killers, and Tourists w/ Kevin Hazzard
  11. On Peter Safar, the doctor behind CPR and Freedom House Ambulance, w/ Kevin Hazzard
  12. On the main character (John Moon) from American Sirens being born at Grady w/ Kevin Hazzard
  13. Why EMS is not a “career” w/ Kevin Hazzard
  14. On learning humility with EMS patients w/ Kevin Hazzard
  15. On being a parent in EMS and working pediatric calls w/ Kevin Hazzard

Buy Kevin’s books (and support us):

American Sirens (through our affiliate link on Amazon here)


A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedics Wild Ride to the Edge and Back (through our affiliate link on Amazon here).

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