(WGXA) – They’re the people who show up when someone’s life hangs in the balance — any given day can be one of tragedy or triumph. WGXA looked into what a day in the life of a first reponder in middle Georgia is really like.

“What you see in TV is nothing that compares to real life,” says Michael Johstono of Paramedic Community Ambulance.

“I try not to take any of it for granted and I am extremely proud to wake up every morning and come to work,” said Lawrence Seeger, a Flight Paramedic for the Air Evac Lifeteam in Perry. “I put this uniform on because it is something that I have always wanted to do.”

Seeger described how his day starts.

“We have to go out and we have to check off the aircraft,” he said. “We have to make sure that all of the supplies and all of the medications are where they are supposed to be, and the quantity that is supposed to be there.”