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What does it take to be a first responder?

Who are the responders who are present for some of life's most dangerous and heartbreaking moments? They're not always who you think.

Meet people who are present for life's most dangerous and heartbreaking moments

Haisla outreach worker James Harry walks around Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, searching for his people. (CBC/Vivian Luk)

Those who run toward disaster to help when everyone else is backing away are often labelled as "brave" or "strong" or "heroes". 

But who are the responders who are present for some of life's most dangerous and heartbreaking moments? They're not always who you think. Many responders are people who want to protect the communities they love.

Hear how Ottawa's funeral workers are banding together to get serious about their mental health.

Why one Haisla man is patrolling Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, searching for members of his Nation.

How a small-town B.C. fire department got started with nothing but enthusiasm and a famous fire truck.

And more stories of community-minded first responders.


If you or somebody you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or self harm, organizations like Crisis Services Canada can provide support

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