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They're the heroes who come far and wide to give medical care to those who need it most. 

"It's long days, you're on your feet a lot," says paramedic Josh Davis. 

Right now, there are 2,000 to 3,000 active paramedics throughout the state of North Dakota, and each and every one of them are constantly put in stressful situations. 

"We're picking people up, carrying them down and up stairs. It's hard labor," says Davis. 

Paramedics say their jobs are never dull because no situation is ever the same.

"Well, it's not a desk job, and nothing is ever the same,"says Davis. "No matter what the call, is it's different."

"There are 130 ambulance services across the state. One hundred and sixteen of those are volunteer. 

"Volunteers are what make those small services work," says Davis. "Without them they can't get the patients to the care that they need."

"You certainly have eight hours invested in that call, that may be in the middle of the night," says North Dakota Department of Health employee Tom Nehring.

So, whether they're paid to save lives or they do it out of the goodness of their hearts, paramedics play a major role in the safety of our communities.

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