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Richard Zuschlag (2012)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-09-11

Duration: 00:26:55

Subjects: Zuschlag, Richard | Business | ACADIAN AMBULANCE | Emergency medical services | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Prison riots


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Barnes, Liz Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Zuschlag, Richard Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from September 11, 2012, features an interview with Richard Zuschlag conducted by Gus Weill. Zuchslag, a resident of Lafayette, is a co-founder of Acadian Ambulance, the largest private ambulance company in the United States. He discusses: the shock of moving from Pennsylvania to Lafayette in the summer of 1970; starting Acadian Ambulance with two ambulances and eight Vietnam medics; the membership model; working in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005; working at the Oakdale prison riot in 1987; his support for sporting events; his lack of interest in pursuing a career in politics; his plan to slow down and delegate in the future; his advice to people starting a business; and why he employs veterans.