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December 28, 2008
“It’s not the way it is on TV,” the paramedic says. “You don’t want to know the things we do. We don’t shock people back to life. There has to be a heartbeat for a defibrillator to work. When people die, they hardly ever come back. And when they do, at first it’s an amazing rush, seeing their skin turn pink and their eyes light up again. But after a while, you wonder. Was it fate, or just luck? Did it matter that I was there? Am I responsible for life when things go well, or death when it doesn’t?”