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Denver Health paramedics Marsha Davis, far left, and Erin Cronin, right, treat Tony Davis in an ambulance in downtown Denver on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Paramedics in Denver respond to about 100,000 calls per year. Medical responders in isolated and less populated rural and mountainous areas may answer a small fraction of that number. A patchwork emergency medical system has emerged with a wide disparity between the on-the-ground care you could expect along a rural highway and what you would see along the urbanized Front Range.

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