A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedics Wild Ride To The Edge And Back

A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride To The Edge And Back

Synopsis

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 five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”

Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery—a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.

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Chapters

  • 01 A Thousand Naked Strangers Open
    Duration: 30s
  • 02 A Thousand Naked Strangers Epigraph
    Duration: 35s
  • 03 A Thousand Naked Strangers Prologue
    Duration: 08min
  • 04 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch1
    Duration: 07min
  • 05 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch2
    Duration: 13min
  • 06 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch3
    Duration: 05min
  • 07 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch4
    Duration: 14min
  • 08 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch5
    Duration: 04min
  • 09 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch6
    Duration: 08min
  • 10 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch7
    Duration: 18min
  • 11 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch8
    Duration: 03min
  • 12 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch9
    Duration: 07min
  • 13 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch10
    Duration: 09min
  • 14 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch11
    Duration: 04min
  • 15 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch12
    Duration: 13min
  • 16 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch13
    Duration: 10min
  • 17 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch14
    Duration: 04min
  • 18 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch15
    Duration: 07min
  • 19 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch16
    Duration: 08min
  • 20 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch17
    Duration: 06min
  • 21 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch18
    Duration: 10min
  • 22 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch19
    Duration: 08min
  • 23 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch20
    Duration: 04min
  • 24 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch21
    Duration: 10min
  • 25 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch22
    Duration: 08min
  • 26 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch23
    Duration: 10min
  • 27 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch24
    Duration: 11min
  • 28 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch25
    Duration: 10min
  • 29 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch26
    Duration: 18min
  • 30 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch27
    Duration: 09min
  • 31 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch28
    Duration: 22min
  • 32 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch29
    Duration: 11min
  • 33 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch30
    Duration: 08min
  • 34 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch31
    Duration: 14min
  • 35 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch32
    Duration: 09min
  • 36 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch33
    Duration: 13min
  • 37 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch34
    Duration: 08min
  • 38 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch35
    Duration: 05min
  • 39 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch36
    Duration: 11min
  • 40 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch37
    Duration: 05min
  • 41 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch38
    Duration: 04min
  • 42 A Thousand Naked Strangers Ch39
    Duration: 15min
  • 43 A Thousand Naked Strangers Epilogue
    Duration: 06min
  • 44 A Thousand Naked Strangers Close
    Duration: 01min

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