Excited to share the cover of my new memoir about paramedic school and practicing emergency medicine on the streets of Los Angeles… Published by Berkley/Penguin Random House and arriving in June!
Blending classroom instruction with ER rotations and a 600-hour internship with the Los Angeles Fire Department, my new memoir, LIGHTS AND SIRENS, will be the tough, true account of going through UCLA’s renowned Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program—and practicing emergency medicine on the streets of Los Angeles.
I’m so excited to share this story with readers and honor our nation’s EMS educators and first responders–fire, medical, police! To stay updated, please follow Kevin’s Author Page on Facebook.
Thrilled to officially announce that I’ve signed a contract with Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House, and my new memoir will be published in June 2015!
Berkley Books is a long-running and successful multi-format publishing line, with an unparalleled roster of bestselling authors and an impressive range of books that appeal to readers of all genres. The industry leader in mass market paperback bestsellers for several decades, the imprint has expanded in recent years to become a publisher of bestselling hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and ebooks. The Berkley list is home to #1 international bestselling novelists, popular authors of romance and women’s fiction, influential science fiction/fantasy writers, celebrity authors, leading mystery writers, and military historians, among others.
The imprints under the Berkley Books umbrella—Ace, Jove, Berkley Prime Crime, Heat, Sensation, Berkley Caliber, and Berkley Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers—publish more than 700 titles annually. The books on this list are a combination of original works and reprints from hardcovers published by Berkley and fellow Penguin Group imprints Putnam and Amy Einhorn Books.
Berkley publishes some of the most popular and recognizable writers in the world, including Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy, John Sandford, Catherine Coulter, and Sue Grafton. Berkley’s various publishing lines offer a diverse group of books for readers of all stripes. Berkley/Jove’s bestselling line of mass market paperbacks includes authors such as Jayne Anne Krentz, Lora Leigh, Maya Banks, and Alex Berenson. Ace, a leading publisher of science fiction/fantasy, is home to bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, William Gibson, and Patricia Briggs. With Sensation and Heat, Berkley publishes some of the most popular writers of romance and erotic fiction, and Berkley Prime Crime has been an esteemed publisher of cozy mysteries for more than twenty years. The Berkley Caliber line of military nonfiction has established a solid reputation, publishing New York Times bestsellers such as Beyond Band of Brothers and A Higher Call. Berkley’s hardcover and trade paperback list includes such New York Times bestselling authors as Laurell K. Hamilton,Sylvia Day, Christine Feehan, Kathryn Stockett, and Joan Rivers.
No matter the reader’s preference—fiction, nonfiction, commercial, genre—Berkley’s large and diverse list offers something for everyone.
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I am honored to sign with–and be represented by–Jane Dystel, Founder and President of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.
Jane has been an agent since 1986. Her publishing career began at Bantam Books. She then moved to Grosset & Dunlap, where she was a managing editor and later an acquisitions editor. From there, she went on to become Publisher of World Almanac Publications, where she created her own imprint. When she joined the agency that would soon become Acton and Dystel, Inc., she quickly developed a reputation for honesty, forthrightness, hard work, and real commitment to her authors and their writing careers. In 1994, with a growing roster of clients, she founded Jane Dystel Literary Management, which became Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in 2003. Born in Chicago, Jane grew up in Rye, New York. She is the daughter of publishing legend, Oscar Dystel. In her teens, she was an accomplished figure skater. Jane received her BA from New York University and attended Georgetown law school for one year before leaving for her first job in publishing. She has an abiding interest in legal subjects. She is married to Steven Schwinder and has a daughter, Jessica, and a son, Zachary. She lives in New York City with her family and two dachshunds and is a tenacious golfer.
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Honored to be spending the summer working for the National Park Service as a Paramedic in Yellowstone.
As the National Park Service website states: “It’s a wonderland. Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.”
If you travel to the Old Faithful district this summer, please stop by the Ranger station to say hello!
The Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program teaches tomorrow’s rangers how to protect our national treasures.
Harry Yount, a Civil War veteran, was America’s first park ranger. In 1880, “Rocky Mountain Harry” spent 14 months creeping through the flowering meadows and lush valleys of Yellowstone with his single-shot rifle and black powder cartridges, to prevent the poaching of elk and bison. Patrolling a park with over 2 million acres, home to the largest collection of mammals in the lower 48 states, Yount quickly realized his limitations and in his historic Report of a Gamekeeper, championed the idea of a seasonal ranger force. Following Yount’s 14-month tenure, the U.S. Cavalry added its muscle, and finally, just before the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, Yount’s dream of a stand-alone ranger force was realized.
Stephen T. Mather, first director of the Park Service, once said, “If a trail is to be blazed, send a ranger. If an animal is floundering in the snow, send a ranger. If a bear is in a hotel, send a ranger. If a fire threatens a forest, send a ranger and, if someone needs to be saved, send a ranger”—and that was just the short list of duties. Today’s law-enforcement rangers are expected to assist with everything from traffic stops, search and rescue, emergency medical services, incident command, crime-scene management, property protection, drug enforcement, and border patrol. The idea of so many hats tucked beneath the three-inch brim of a ranger’s Stetson might be overwhelming, but the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) provides the comprehensive instruction and unique skills that instill confidence for the adventure ahead. If you see law-enforcement rangers in your park travels this summer, there’s a good chance they graduated from one of the training schools scattered around the country.
The programs are like law schools, police academies, and boy-scout camps wrapped into one 334-hour course. During the courses, “ranger trainees” run through a curriculum of 35 subjects that shape them into a combination of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes: officer liability, report writing, constitutional law, courtroom evidence, criminal law, search-and-seizure protocols, high-speed pursuit, arrest control, and firearms training. When the bumps and bruises of these practical exercises become too much, some schools take “field trips” to nearby parks to meet with park superintendents, active law enforcement and interpretive rangers, and even sit in on fire-management meetings.
“Working for the National Park Service isn’t a job—it’s a way of life,” says Deryl Stone, chief academy ranger at Colorado Northwestern Community College, who spent 27 years working for the Park Service. “We don’t teach students to be cops—we teach them to be ambassadors, educators, and protectors.”
The first training program was held at California’s Santa Rosa Junior College in 1977, but has since expanded to eight schools across the country. The curriculum is outlined by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia, but the formats vary from school to school. Skagit Valley College in Washington State and Hocking College in Pennsylvania blend the SLETP with their standard police-officer training programs. The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers weekend classes. Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania spreads its program over two semesters. Community colleges in Arizona, California, Colorado and North Carolina offer the course as an academy, spread out over 10-13 weeks.
According to Kathy Dodd, program director at Northern Arizona University’s program, rangers from the Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service often serve as guest instructors. “Not only does this ensure students are learning from working professionals who are experts in their field,” says Dodd, also a summer ranger at Glacier, “but it also gives them a good list of contacts to help secure future employment.”
Securing your first position as a law-enforcement ranger is a little different from most professions in that you can’t get hired until you’ve had the training. Aspiring rangers agree to pay between $2,000 to $5,200 for their education and accommodations with no guarantee of future employment. But once they graduate from SLETP and receive a Type II Law Enforcement Commission—allowing them to carry firearms, make arrests, investigate non-felony crimes and assist in the execution of warrants while on duty—they can apply for work with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Game Department and some state and county parks. With more than 2,200 visitor-protection rangers working for the National Park Service alone—nearly 95 percent of whom graduated from SLETP—there’s a good chance the gown of a new graduate will quickly be replaced with a Park Service uniform.
The students’ backgrounds vary as much as the parks they hope to protect. Last summer, Chief Stone’s class in Colorado graduated men and women of varying ethnicities in their twenties, thirties and forties, whose resumes included everything from bachelors and masters degrees to multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his experience as a Marine in Iraq, Jaime Alvarez chose to enroll in SLETP because he found being in nature helped him heal after war, and he believed the work would allow him to use the team skills he learned in the Marines. Keri Nelson, a recent college graduate, sought a career that involved the outdoors, travel, and her degree in geology. C.J. Malcolm, a paramedic, believes work as ranger is the ideal way to combine his interests in leadership, search-and-rescue, and emergency medicine.
Despite the joys of patrolling scenic forests, lakeshores, and national monuments, park enforcement is not without its dangers. The solitary nature of the work and the remoteness of the patrols make law-enforcement rangers the most assaulted of federal officers. “Protecting our parks can be hard,” confesses Heidi Schacht, a Northern Arizona graduate who worked at Grand Teton last summer, but park rangers are a family and we look out for each other. Knowing that a fellow ranger has your back and is on their way to help you—even before you ask for it—is the biggest adrenaline rush and best feeling in the world.”
This story appeared in the summer 2010 issue of National Parks Magazine.
Honored to see my memoir in bookstores in the country of Latvia. Time to buy a plane ticket and schedule a book tour! Thanks to my trekking mate, the renowned photojournalist Peter McBride for supplying the pictures!
Essex National Heritage Area in Massachusetts is one of dozens of heritage areas making America’s best idea even better…
Thrilled to have a new article in the Spring 2014 issue of National Parks Magazine. Read it here: