What means the 4th of July for you ? For me, it means the day my mother almost died and was saved only by a chain of luck and efficient people. Without the Gendarmerie (a police with military status) of Hossegor, the small village where we were having our vacation, she would not be alive today. They not only called an ambulance for her, they stopped one on the main road and **ordered** it to rescue my mother. The two people in the ambulance immediately saw the situation was critical and decided they had no time to take her to the hospital. They "tubed" her and it saved her. She recovered after a week in Intensive Care Unit, including 4 days in artifical sleep with the tube. Pfiuuuuu....