El-Sayed shares story of America's first paramedics

November 29, 2022 America Dissected

Abdul El-Sayed, America Dissected: "Today’s episode is about exactly that kind of a set of heroes, a group of Black heroes that revolutionized emergency medical services. Everything from modern CPR to the ways ambulances look and operate. They had their origins in an all Black paramedic team from the 1960s, in a marginalized community in Pittsburgh. Until I read American Sirens, the book that recounts that story, I had no clue about this history. And look, I’m a public health nerd. And that’s because history itself chose to forget about them. They were the kinds of heroes too much of our history has so often ignored. But the history we choose to tell matters even today."