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Screening of ‘Honorable but Broken: EMS in Crisis’ held for Congress

The documentary aims to show legislators the challenges and issues faced by EMS across the country

By Bill Carey

WASHINGTON — The EMS Leadership Academy has announced a special screening of the documentary film titled “Honorable but Broken: EMS in Crisis” exclusively for members of the U.S. Congress. The documentary aims to bring attention to the critical issues and obstacles that EMS professionals face daily, with narration by Sarah Jessica Parker.

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The documentary was being produced by Bryony Gilbey, a former “CBS News,” “60 Minutes,” “ABC News” and “Discovery Channel” producer, and mother of three EMS professionals; and Rich Diefenbach, a former deputy bureau chief for “CBS News” in New York & Los Angeles. 

Gilbey and Diefenbach produced the film after learning of the challenges EMS workers faced while being stretched to the brink during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement from the Academy, the screening serves as an opportunity for leaders in the EMS field to present a collective message to Congress about the challenges EMS faces.

EMS personnel are encouraged to contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives to join the Congressional EMS Caucus by contacting Meg Makarewicz in Rep. Dingell’s office ( or Alex Stepahin in Rep. Hudson’s office (