‘Survive and Thrive’ has been Joel Billman’s mantra since October of 2013, when the Healdsburg resident took a fall on Fitch Mountain that nearly cost him his life. Paralyzed from the waist down, Billman was rescued in dramatic fashion. Yet even more amazingly, Billman has gone from surviving to thriving in the last 16 months, as he continually progresses back to mobility with the help of physical therapists and doctors. Hear Billman and his rescuers tell their story on Wednesday, April 29, at the Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St., Healdsburg. 7pm. Free. 707.433.3772.