Rescue Specialist Submits 9/11 Experience for Screenplay Consideration

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Paramedic Steve Kanarian’s ‘The Downwind Walk’ attending Book-to-Screen PitchFest Los Angeles 2015

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Author Steve Kanarian, an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) paramedic, is pursing plans to turn his account of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center into a screenplay.

A Hollywood treatment of Kanarian’s “The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedic’s Experiences after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001” (published by AuthorHouse) is being reviewed by Thruline Entertainment for its potential as an adaptation for film and television. Kanarian will also be attending Book-to-Screen PitchFest Los Angeles 2015 for a speed pitch with representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, and management and production companies May 1-2, 2015.

“Responders are trained to go uphill and upwind to stay safe,” Kanarian explains of the unique perspective of his book. “The downwind walk is the journey rescue specialists take into harm’s way to analyze the damage and hazards to begin the rescue effort.”

Through the eyes of a USAR paramedic who went into harm’s way to rescue victims, Kanarian takes readers through the events, sights, smells and vivid memories of his unforgettable experience being eye-level at Ground Zero. This firsthand and behind-the scenes account records Kanarian’s own experiences and those of other EMTs and paramedics, including some who were wounded and traumatized, and others who made the “ultimate sacrifice.”

The Downwind Walk
By Steve Kanarian, EMT-P, MPH
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 252 pages | ISBN 9781456798888
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 252 pages | ISBN 9781456798895
E-Book | 252 pages | ISBN 9781456798871
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Steve Kanarian, EMT-P, MPH, is a retired lieutenant from the New York City Fire Department’s Emergency Service Command. He has more than 25 years of experience in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and has served as an urban search and rescue paramedic for 14 years. He responded to both terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. An accomplished EMS educator, speaker and writer, Kanarian speaks frequently on adversity and terrorism response.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. For more information or to publish a book, visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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