Jon McCarthy



A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Jon McCarthy has worked professionally as a paramedic since 1997. He is one of the co-creators of the Field Training Officer program for New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and served as the lead FTO for more than five years. He currently lives in New Orleans with his wife, two sons, and multitude of pets.




1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Book Talk
Hard Roll: A Paramedic's Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Hard Roll: A Paramedic's Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans

“A tragically hilarious glimpse into the challenged, yet powerful, mind of a seasoned paramedic and the brotherhood called EMS.”—Dan Flynn, NRP, RN-BSN, BS

Known as one of America’s most dangerous cities, New Orleans plays host to incidents ranging from the tragic and disturbing to the completely bizarre—and during his career as an emergency medic, Jon McCarthy saw it all. He chronicles some of the most formative calls of his career in this autobiography that reads like crime fiction. McCarthy demonstrates with detail and clarity that the difficult choice is often the right choice. While not for the faint of heart, each entry in this collection provides poignant insight into the bonds between medics and the people and city they serve.


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