Doctors and Nurses From Utah Return From Gulf Coast Region

Doctors and Nurses From Utah Return From Gulf Coast Region

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- A team of doctors and nurses from the University of Utah has just returned from the hurricane ravaged gulf coast. The group spent much of the last week running a clinic for rescue workers who had been in New Orleans before the storm hit.

“We were a little piece of the pie. The heroes there are the firefighters and paramedics and the police officers that were there the minute the storm hit. Those guys are the real heroes,” say Bruce Garrett.

They treated evacuees initially then moved to New Orleans to help rescue workers. They say they’ve met a lot of heroes in the past two weeks but don’t want the label placed on them.

“Both surviving themselves and finding people and helping others survive. Taking their shirts off so they wouldn’t be necessarily identified upfront as a firefighter or police so they wouldn’t be a target,” he says.

Group members call their experience humbling. They say they were proud of the small role they played in recovery efforts. They also offered counseling for some rescue workers.

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