A Thousand Naked Strangers a Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

A Thousand Naked Strangers a Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

by Kevin Hazzard

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A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life—his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm—one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people’s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense...

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ISBN-13: 9781365928109
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 156,513
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A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After hearing Mr. Hazzard discuss his book in an interview on PBS, I decided to give it a look and I'm glad I did. I have been considering a career change after 12 years in the ministry and am now convinced the EMS is not the job for me. I'll never look at an ambulance (or an EMT) the same way again! Cracking good read with plenty of the graphic detail you'd expect from a book like this and also much unexpected humour you might not. Not a bedtime read, though--simply too hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also purchased this book after hearing the author in an NPR interview, and I'm so glad I did. This book is in turns funny, smart, poignant, irreverant, sad, gritty, and insightful, and often moves from one to the next in a way that surprises and makes you stop and savor the moment. I love the author's writing style! I highlighted many passages just to be able to return to enjoy them again. Well done, Mr. Hazzard. I will be watching for more from you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book becsuse of tbhe author, Good stories ad the best grammar ive seen, i recommemd this book,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book Ive read in years
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tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read. As a ICU Nurse, I see the patients after EMS have gotten the patient, started an IV, started fluid resuscitation, and maybe even secured an airway and performed CPR. So reading about the challenges these hero's face before they come to the hospital to be an amalgam of being informative, hilarious, and completely identifiable to me. Healthcare workers, in my opinion, see a different side of humanity than what the majority of people see. As a result, it is imperative to develop a wicked sense of humor to help to cope. Hazzard definitely expresses this type of humor throughout his book. So, if you are easily offended, you may not like this book. However, if you are OK with wicked humor, do not have a weak stomach, and what seems like a pretty honest account of what healthcare providers experience, I would recommend this book. PS: I know that I finished this book 1 day after EMS week (May 15-21, 2016), but I wanted to sincerely wish all of our Emergency Medical Service personnel a Happy EMS week, and Thank you for all that you do! We appreciate you!
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
"Death cracks inside jokes that only we emergency workers—with our practical knowledge of the postmortem human—will ever laugh at." In A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back, former Atlanta paramedic Kevin Hazzard shares his memories of entering the medical emergency field, a sample of his ten years of experiences in the field, and how he knew it was time for him to move on. The book's dark humor and matter-of-fact style will make a lot of sense to many people already in the high-stress helping industry and may come off as surprisingly nonchalant and too frank for others. When you deal with life and death crises day after day and come across scenes that even Stephen King's imagination can't conjure up, you have to create some emotional distance if you're going to survive the field. If you are ever in the situation to require emergency assistance from an EMT, paramedic, fireman, police officer, etc. and they have poor bedside manner, cut them a break. Traditional customer service does not always apply to these folks when the bottom line is saving lives. Their focus is elsewhere as it should be. These folks have seen it all and, based on this medical memoir, it's far from pretty. Yet they continue. Next time you bake a batch of cookies, set a few aside and go show some appreciation.
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Holly More than 1 year ago
A Thousand Naked Strangers is Kevin's story of when he worked as a paramedic working the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. After 9/11, Kevin thought something was missing in his life and that's when the call to become a paramedic came to be and how this job changed him in a way that he didn't see coming. When he and his wife started a family, that took more importance than being a paramedic and slowly he left the job and stayed home with the kids. This book is full of stories of how he started his career and everything he saw and heard during his time on the streets to give everyone a deeper appreciation for what these people see and hear on a daily bases! I liked this book just mostly because I'm drawn to books about law enforcement and paramedics and it makes you be more appreciated for what they go through on a daily bases. I found myself flipping pages just to not read some of the ick factor involved but overall it was a pretty good book. If you like to read books that give you a behind the scene factor of what a paramedic goes through, then this is the book for you but I'm gonna have to warn you that it does have some gross moments in there but than again, it's their job to try to save a life! Thank You to Kevin Hazzard for sharing your story of your time as a paramedic!! I received this book from the March - Book Of The Month Club in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read and very well written. If you are thinking about becoming a paramedic or just want some insight into the world of EMS, I would highly recommend this book
seayomama More than 1 year ago
Take a former journalist; make him a paramedic in a high-poverty, high-danger area for a decade; then turn him loose again to write about it, and he will play his readers like violins and make us like it. A Thousand Naked Strangers is a high octane, gloriously visceral ride in an ambulance and out of one, through Southeast Atlanta, Georgia. Thank you to Net Galley and to Scribner for the DRC. Since I read multiple galleys at a time and I loved this one best, I tried to feed it to myself in small nibbles, like Mary Ingalls hoarding her Christmas candy, but it was just too riveting and I could not stay away. At the memoir’s beginning, our guy is just looking for work. With just a few months of training, he can become an EMT. His journalistic career wasn’t working out as he had expected, and he found himself working as a paperboy instead, delivering the newspaper for which he had written. That’s about as rock bottom as it gets. He becomes an EMT; then he sets out to discover whether he wants to commit to the extra year and a half of schooling required become a medic. Once in, he’s hooked, not so much in spite of the risk and unpredictability of the job, but because of it. And when you think about it, what other job pays so very little, involves so much danger, and gets so little respect? Teaching comes to mind, but being a rescue worker trumps even that, particularly for the low pay and insane hours–holidays missed–to do it, a person needs to be young, and to be an adrenaline junkie. And for a decade, Hazzard fits that description. When he starts out, he is callous, as youth often are, speculating with his partner about what constitutes the perfect call. The perfect call, to their way of thinking, has requirements that are measured in the number of dead and wounded, the amount of danger. Does the patient have to survive in order for it to be a perfect call? Nah. Over the years he matures, and he becomes more respectful of the patients with whom he deals. He talks to addicts, hookers, and children in a way that is forthright and kind. The job takes a lot out of him, but it also gives him a lot. He grows up. He deals with the dead; the nearly dead; those that are feigning death; and those that are just looking for a free ride somewhere. He delivers babies in record numbers, and he transports a guy on a roof down to the ambulance. He sees just about everything, from suicides to homicides, from the domestically abused, to the kid with a roach in her ear. He plays the wildest imaginable pranks, and once in awhile he gets called on the carpet for it. Some of the incidents described in this memoir are just drop-dead funny, if you’ll pardon the pun, and I laughed out loud more than once. Some are incredibly dark. Some just left me with a feeling of awe. But although the tone changes many times, the pacing is absolutely consistent. Hazzard’s journalistic background shows; every single word is there for a reason. It is tight, taut, and urgently compelling, all the way through. So it’s entertaining, but it’s also educational. I didn’t know the distinction between an EMT and a paramedic before I read this memoir. I also didn’t know that not a holiday goes by without someone having a heart attack. I didn’t know that just about everyone, regardless of their level of intoxication, says they’ve had two drinks. And I didn’t know about the tension between paramedics and firefighters, between paramedics and cops. Get this memoir!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly exciting ride... I pre-ordered and it was delivered over the weekend. I couldn't put it down. It took me into a world I didn't know existed in Atlanta. It's funny, sad and incredibly addicting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago