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First Aid: Why People Die

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a variety of medics, both in the military and civilian world. From EMTs, paramedics, ER doctors, special operators, fire fighters and first responders, and sometimes I ask why they chose their profession.

Some are in the medical field because they fell into it. But often, the answer I get for why they do such a difficult job is because at some point in their life, they witnessed a life-threatening injury and didn’t know what to do about it.

That feeling of helplessness while they watched someone, maybe someone they loved, struggle to stay alive drove them to pursue their profession. They wanted, badly, to help, but didn’t know where to begin.

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