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May 20, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free to the public.
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Freedom House Street Saviors

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This movie screening is free, brought to you by Platte Valley Ambulance Services This 80 minute documentary honors the African Americans who where the early pioneers of emergency medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1967, twenty-six hardcore unemployed black men and women were recruited from the inner city streets of Pittsburgh and trained to become the first paramedics in the United States. They were known as the “Freedom House” paramedics and became the pride of the Hill District. Starting from a base in Presbyterian and Mercy Hospitals, they were trained by the father of CPR, Dr. Peter Safar, to bring emergency medicine to the street. They introduced CPR to the world and helped to develop a new medical profession. These independent pioneers worked intensely for eight years at the top of their field and set the national standard for emergency care.