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Four rescue service members go to Louisiana

September 18, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Four members of Community Rescue Service in Hagerstown were part of a Maryland emergency services convoy that went to Louisiana to care for hurricane victims.

Chris Amos, the ambulance service's chief of operations, said crew members are working out of a hospital that closed down in Greta in Louisiana's Jefferson Parish.

The crew, which left Maryland on Sept. 10, will stay until Wednesday, he said.

Amos said the crew leader is Robert Shank, a paramedic. The other members are Paul Virden, a cardiac rescue technician intermediate; Michael Mooers, a paramedic; and Jonas Zeigler, an emergency medical technician.

Using the hospital building as a base, crew members have been going out to assess patients and, if necessary, taking them to medical facilities.

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It's been a lot of work.

"They're tired and they're worn out," Amos said Friday.

Amos said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse Community Rescue Service for its expenses, either indirectly through Washington County or directly.

The two CRS ambulances were accompanied in the convoy by an ambulance and crew from Anne Arundel County and one from Howard County.

A Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services ambulance also went; it was staffed by a crew from Williamsport, Amos said.

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