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.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00pm
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201