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Writers LIVE! Kevin Hazzard

Journalist and former paramedic Kevin Hazzard will discuss a group of Black men in Pittsburgh who were America’s first paramedics.  The author recounts that prior to the 1970s a health emergency was often addressed by the police or other agencies with basic first aid experience.  That all changed in 1967 with the formation of Freedom House EMS that set the standard for today’s emergency medical services.   Kevin Hazzard will be joined in conversation by former Freedom House EMS paramedic John Moon. 

Kevin Hazzard is a journalist, former paramedic, and television writer. He is the author of A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back. 

John Moon is a former paramedic who worked for Freedom House EMS and Pittsburgh EMS until his retirement in 2009.

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  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program. 
  • Books for sale provided by Charm City Books

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Writers LIVE!, Virtual Event, Black History, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Writers LIVE at the Library

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Emily Levine, Manager of Adult Services

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