Jon McCarthy: Hard Roll: A Paramedic’s Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans

Thursday, April 27th


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. Emergency medic Jon McCarthy saw it all. In the aftermath of domestic disputes, suicides, and attempted murders, McCarthy and his partner were forced to overcome their own physical and emotional hardships in order to focus on the very thing that motivated them: saving lives.

McCarthy colorfully chronicles some of the most formative calls of his career, including those that made him laugh and the shocking scenes that made him question the path he’d chosen. Like the job it describes, the book is not for the faint of heart; McCarthy demonstrates with harsh reality that the difficult choice is often the right one. Whether riding the thrill of saving one life or coping with the guilt of losing another, each entry in this collection provides poignant insight into the bonds between medics and their partners, and between a people and their city.

This book is available in paperback ($19.95).

Jon McCarthy discusses and signs his book, Hard Roll: A Paramedic’s Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

Event date: 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130