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American sirens : the incredible story of the Black men who became America's first paramedics  Cover Image Book Book

American sirens : the incredible story of the Black men who became America's first paramedics / Kevin Hazzard.

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  • ISBN: 9780306926075
  • ISBN: 0306926075
  • Physical Description: 316 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-316).
Summary, etc.:
"Up until 1968, if you suffered a medical crisis, your chances of survival were minimal. That all changed with the Freedom House EMS in Pittsburgh, a group of Black men who became America's first paramedics and set the gold standard for emergency medicinearound the world, only to have their legacy erased-until now. Born from the vision of a Nobel Prize-nominated physician, the needs of a country in pain, and the ashes of Pittsburgh's downturn in the 1960s, Freedom House brought together a group of young,uneducated Black men to forge a new frontier in health care. Their job was grueling, the rules made up as they went along, and their mandate nearly impossible: prove to a skeptical public and the politicians that paramedics were a noble and valuable endeavor and, most importantly, that they themselves were worthy professionals performing a crucial public service. Despite the long odds and attempts to shut them down, they succeeded spectacularly. In American Sirens, acclaimed journalist and paramedic Kevin Hazzard tells a dramatic story of heroes and villains, of brutal attempts to stifle hope, and the resilience of a community that fought back. He follows a rich cast of characters that includes John Moon, an orphan who found his calling as a paramedic; Peter Safar, the Nobel Prize-nominated physician who invented CPR and realized his vision for a trained ambulance service; and Nancy Caroline, the idealistic young doctor young doctor who turned a scrappy team into an international leader. At every turn they battled racism-from the community, the police, and the government. Never-before revealed in full, this is a rich and troubling hidden history of the Black origins of America's paramedics, a special band of dedicated essential workers, who stand ready to serve day and night on the line between life and death for every one of us"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Freedom House Ambulance Service (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Emergency medical technicians > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh > Biography.
Ambulance service > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh > History > 20th century.

Available copies

  • 6 of 7 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Webb City Public. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Webb City Public Library.

Holds

  • 1 current hold with 7 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Webb City Public Library New 362.18 Hazzard, Kevin (Text) 38262300008520 Adult Non-Fiction Available -


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