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(KSL News) Thirty members of the Utah National Guard arrived back in Utah Sunday night after a short "tour of duty" in New Orleans.
They spent the past week there working with the Louisiana National Guard, as well as the New Orleans police. They helped in a number of ways: providing security at the military base; escorting troops who delivered relief supplies; and rescued residents who were stranded in their homes.
Thomas Davie/ 151st Special Forces Squadron, Utah National Guard: "We brought an older gentleman out that myself and the lt. were on, who was trapped in an area, who pretty much couldn't be reached by anything but boats. We managed to get him out by helicopter. I don't believe he would have made it otherwise."
Staff Sgt. Mitch Hooper/ 151st Special Forces, Utah Nat'l Guard: "It was pretty weird but at the same time, going down there and seeing what our country can do was also pretty amazing."
Members of the 151st Special Forces Squadron said they worked 12-hour days. One said most of New Orleans looked like a ghost town.