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I was riding to work at 7:40 a.m. on May 29.

I had just reached to top of the Northside pedestrian railroad overpass when the pacemaker/defibrillator I had implanted a year and half ago shocked me for the first time. As it proceeded to hit me numerous more times, knocking me off my bike and to my knees, a man on a mountain bike with a helmet, gray hair and a yellow jacket rode by me. I asked him for help dialing my phone. His answer was "You have a phone, you'll be alright," and he just rode right past me.

Wow! In all my 45 years in Missoula I would have never thought that would happen. I certainly hope that if this gentleman ever has a medical emergency and asks for or needs help, that passers-by assist him. I know how it felt to be left wondering if I was going to die on that bridge before I could manage to dial a phone. I would not wish that feeling on anyone, even him.

Tom Hightower, Missoula

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