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John Newsome stands in his living room with family, friends and neighbors who helped save his life. L-R: David Kittner (next-door neighbor); Maureen “Moe” Kittner, Flight Nurse with Critical Care Certification working for Angel MedFlight; Giovanni Newsome, Freshman football player at Athens Academy; John Newsome; Tracy Salas, Respiratory Therapist at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, and Jesse Salas, a Senior at Brookwood High School. As a neighborhood lifeguard, Jesse helped perform CPR on John.

A Close Shave in Snellville, Georgia

Survivors will often say that near-death experiences can bring out the best in people and reveal what’s really important in life — things like family, community, and faith.