Firstperson: John Fitzgerald
John Fitzgerald: 50, first responder, Wicklow
Not everyone can volunteer as a first responder. It's very demanding, both mentally and physically.
Doing CPR is physically exhausting, and if you're in a situation where the person doesn't survive, it can be traumatic. We try to talk it out afterwards.
**We started the Wicklow Cardiac First Responders group ten years ago. There are now 31 groups in Wicklow and we've just trained 50 new recruits, our largest number ever.
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