Who has been involved in a true life-threatening emergency? How did you react? I was just reminded of one ugly experience that I had, by a story on the news. When about age thirteen [eh, probably a little older] I was riding a bus to the beach [in S. Cal]. Suddenly an older gentleman sitting a few rows in front of me collapsed and fell into the aisle. Everyone on the bus saw what happened and just sat there. Finally I jumped up and checked and the man wasn't breathing. But I could feel a pulse. It took a moment to gather my wits but I quickly realized that it was time to use my lifesaving training [I was in training to be a lifegaurd and had been or still was a Boy Scout]. I rolled the guy over to clear his mouth and was just about to start mouth-to-mouth, with my face only inches from his, when he started vomiting. Man, I nearly vomited right back on his face! Luckily, in the mean time, the bus driver had seen a cop and flagged him down. As I sat there trying to figure out what to do the cop came in a took over. I spent the rest of the day being thankful that I had never managed to start mouth-to-mouth.