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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Accident survivor and rescuers meet their heroes in each other
Accident survivor and rescuers meet their heroes in each other

Capt. Jeff Swingle sat alone in a workshop in his garage, his mind wandering in circles. His day job was fighting brush fires and leading emergency response teams. He had grown accustomed to tragedy, to packing up his emotions in preparation for the next call. But this one didn't feel real — a snowboarding accident in Northern California, his son Wyatt dead. Sometimes the grief overwhelmed him, and he would retreat to his workshop with no projects in mind, just remembering Wyatt and trying to accept that he was gone. Today he fought the heaviness in his chest for an hour. Then the phone rang. "Remember the girl in Topanga Canyon?" the voice on the line said....

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