Podcast: Interview with Steven Kanarian author of the “Downwind Walk”

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with Steven Kanarian – paramedic, educator, and friend – about his book The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedics Experiences after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 .


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Steve and I have a great talk about his career in NYC EMS and his eventual work as an EMS Lieutenant in Fire Department of New York EMS until 2009. Steve spent 14 years on the USAR Task Force 1 and deployed to both attacks on the World Trade Center. Steve shared the impact of writing the book to grapple with his own traumatic stress after the events of 9/11. Steve states that he has used “journaling as a tool for stress management since the 1980’s” and that he was writing notes while at Ground Zero.


Steve chose self-publishing for the Downwind Walk so he could “tell my story, my way.” He encourages other writes to “just start” by keeping a jounral or blogging. Start with simple stories that draw on life experiences.

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Books 2012: 3 Lists of 3

I read a lot of books in 2012. Perhaps the most I have ever read in a year. I attribute this to three things:

  1. November 2011 purchase of a Kindle Fire
  2. Amazon Prime subscription
  3. Ability to check out Kindle books through my local library

As I look back on my 2012 reading I came up with these three lists of three.

3 Books by Paramedics read

  1. Downwind Walk by Steve Kanarian
  2. Mortal Men by Peter Canning
  3. Responding EMS by Michael Morse

3 Running Books read

  1. Running Ahead of the Sun
  2. Born to Run
  3. How Winning Works

(ok, not technically a running book. FF/EMT author writes about leadership in the context of adventure racing and emergency response)

3 John Grisham Books read

  1. The Litigators
  2. The Confession
  3. The Rackateer

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E-Book Announcement: Downwind Walk

The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedic’s Experiences after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 is now available in e-book format. Get the details on how to order your copy in hardcover or as an e-book from my good friend Steve Kanarian.

I am also the proud owner of a signed copy of the Downwind Walk that Steve gave me a few weeks ago at EMS Today. I can’t wait to start reading the Downwind Walk but first I need to finish Responding and Mortal Men.

I will have Steve on a future episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast.