We're not life savers. Paramedics, that is. Sure, from time to time we manage to help someone survive a life threatening injury. But, the truth of the matter is that most of the time, paramedics are not called upon to save lives.
That article, while limited in scope, matches up pretty well with my experiences, from Atlanta to Phoenix and points between. It even applies to flight paramedic work. In the past month, I can count the number of critical patients I've had on one hand and still have enough fingers to carry five empty beer bottles.
The real life savers? Find 'em here.