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How are communities creating their own first responder teams?

Photo by Anthony Majanlahti



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from grassroots organizations that are keeping their neighborhoods safe when existing services aren’t enough.

Community medics are training one another to respond to emergencies before ambulances can. Violence interrupters in cities around the country work to contain street violence when it flares up, and to put an end to gun violence in the long term. How are citizens organizing to meet the needs of their communities?


Tiffany Murray, Bedford-Stuyvesant program manager for Save Our Streets, a violence prevention group in New York City.


Sharena Thomas, co-founder of the People’s Community Medics, which trains community members to provide emergency first aid

Web Resources:

Associated Press: NYC enlists former gang members as 'violence interrupters'

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Anti-violence Crown Heights group celebrates 20 years, continues to make impact on the community

East Bay Express: The People's Paramedics