"These things we do, that others may live." Air Force pararescue specialists risk their lives to save downed pilots, isolated special operators, or anyone else in a medical or combat crises. Their job is risky and daring and requires that they put the lives of others above their own. But they do it, and these six did it with guts than many others.
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Troops headed into combat know that an entire medical chain exists to keep them alive and as healthy as possible for as long as possible if they're hit. The goal is to get them out of harm's way within the "Golden Hour," the first hour after injury, to maximize their odds of survival and recovery. But while medics and corpsmen are the backbone of that chain, the Air Force has teams of specially trained personnel who exist solely to put their lives on the line to save others in the most dire of combat medical crises.