Anyone familiar with live Dover Sole will appreciate what a fantastic job the paramedic did.
We used to catch quite a few Dovers off the West Pier in Brighton before it got burnt. Most soles caught there were about 12 oz to just over a pound. Swing them up, and some might drop off onto the pier decking. One very quickly learnt to get the fish off the pier decking immediately, as once it got its head between the slats, there was no way to retrieve it, it just kept wriggling, worked its way ever further through the slats until it dropped into the sea below. Many fish are smooth if stroked from head to tail, but like sandpaper if you run your fingers the other way (overlapping rough-edged scales) The Dover Sole is an extreme example.
That paramedic was either a sea angler or very very quick on the uptake - perhaps both.
BTW The only people I have seen stupid enough to "kiss" a fish have been TV angling programme presenters.