Derek O. Hanley is a long-time paramedic and prior military combat medic, published photographer, musician,
and noted video producer.
Derek served an active-duty tour in the U.S. Air Force as a paramedic and instructor, assigned to the 59th Medical Wing and stationed in the emergency department of
the USAF level-one trauma center
Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he received several awards and medals for his service.
Following this, Derek worked as a civilian paramedic in New York and served a tour with the Army National Guard as a combat medic and instructor with the 42nd Infantry Division,
also receiving several commendations,
including the Army Achievement medal,
and a nomination for division soldier of the year.
After moving to California, he was co-founder of a boutique video production company in Oakland, and concurrently became an EMT program director, teaching hundreds how to save lives, before starting his own business.
He has feature-length film credits for cinematography, photography, and sound for his work on the independent film When the Man Went South, the first film to be shot on the island nation of Tonga completely in the
Tongan native language.
Derek also recorded and co-produced the album
Krooked Change Smeered with NY spoken word genius
The Poet Essence, as well as played guitar, keyboard,
and produced beats for the record.
Currently, Derek is the lead editor for
both founded by award-winning documentary director
In May 2020 his pictures were published in EMS World magazine, garnering the center spread with his photos from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in
Alameda County, CA.
Derek also holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Science from UT Health San Antonio, which he graduated cum laude, an Associate's of Art degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Berkeley City College, graduating with High Honors,
and is a Licensed Practical Nurse.