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Feb. 17, 2023

American Sirens: Black EMT Pioneers

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In this episode, we're exploring the incredible story of the first paramedics in the United States who were Black. Join us as we delve into the book American Sirens with author Kevin Hazzard, and former Freedom House paramedic John Moon. We get into the history of how these pioneering individuals broke down barriers and revolutionized the emergency medical field. We discuss the challenges they faced and the impact they had on modern emergency medicine. Get ready to be inspired!


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John Moon

Former Freedom House Paramedic
Retired Assistant Chief of Pittsburgh EMS after 34 years of service.

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Kevin Hazzard


Kevin Hazzard is a journalist, TV writer, and former paramedic. His first book, A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back, was published in 2016. He now writes for film and TV. His journalism has been published at 99% Invisible, the Atavist, Men’s Journal, Washington Post, Atlanta Magazine, and elsewhere. He serves on the Governing Board of Global Response Medicine and is a sought-after voice on emergency medicine. He lives in Atlanta.