FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

Arizona EMS Duty Officer Pens History Book

MESA, Ariz. (July 17, 2012) – A normal day for Southwest Ambulance duty officer Joshua Zayas doesn’t typically entail book writing and his emergency medical expertise does not reflect literary flair. Yet, Southwest Ambulance duty officer Joshua Zayas recently authored his first book, “History My Teachers Never Taught Me.” Published in April 2012, Zayas started his journey to educate America on its missing historical links.

A little fewer than 200 pages, “History My Teachers Never Taught Me” takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the hidden side of history. Due to his mother’s encouragement, Zayas possessed a strong passion for history. It was not until after high school that he started to do the digging.

“I was on a crusade to find the whole truth because history has been filtered,” said Zayas. More so, he was encouraged to thoroughly educate his children after reading their history textbooks and realized the historical content remained filtered.

While Zayas is originally from New York, his interest in local history is exhibited in his book, specifically on the indigenous Hopi Indian tribe. As a former flight attendant, Zayas took advantage and used flight opportunities to visit historical sites to add depth and reality to his historical understandings. He credits his expansive personal library and mini-museum for enhancing his research experience. Museum visits and interesting reads led Zayas to uncover Lincoln’s shocking initial stance on slavery and a dictator that Henry Ford endorsed.

Zayas’ academic accomplishment is not intended to taint American heroes or stories, but to offer a fuller scope on historical accounts. He believes that if history has the power to define the future, then a historical education of wide breadth is crucial. “You must know both sides so you are able to make your own educated thoughts and opinions,” said Zayas.

To uncover history for yourself, “History My Teachers Never Taught Me” is carried by both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.




Understanding Why EMS Systems Fail

Learn to recognize trigger points that could ruin your system.

West River Ambulance Receives New Rig

West River Ambulance in Hettinger, ND recently received a much-needed upgrade from their 1992 rig. A 2014 Ford/AEV Type III Custom Conversion rig with a 6.8 ...

Unlikely Pairing Leads to Health Care Education Wins

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing and Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) have formed an unlikely pairin...

Know When and How Your Patient Can Legally Refuse Care

Refusal of care straddles the intersection of ethical, legal and scientific domains of prehospital practice.

Reflecting on 35 Years of Innovation in JEMS

Take a walk through the last 35 years of EMS in JEMS.

Readers Sound Off About Glove Use After Patient Care

How often are you susceptible to potentially unclean surfaces?

Features by Topic



Learn about new products and innovations featured at EMS Today 2015


JEMS Connect




Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

Featured Careers