|Dr. Allen Gabriel, right, and Dr. Alex Soroceanu, an orthopedic resident from Montreal, wash a wound with a high-pressure sprayer to prepare for surgery at Hôpital Adventiste in June.|
One year later, local aid workers share experiences in devastated nationThis article by staff writer Tom Vogt appeared in the Columbian newspaper on the anniversary of last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti. It features stories of local Vancouver volunteers including our own and several of my photographs from the trip...
When people saw the scenes of devastation on their TV screens, it didn’t take long for many of them to respond to the earthquake in Haiti.
But even before the television coverage notified the world of the disaster on Jan. 12, 2010, two Clark County families were intimately involved in it.
Washougal resident Walt Ratterman was trapped and killed when the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince was shaken to pieces.
At another jumble of broken concrete, Vancouver native Chris Rolling helped save a girl who’d been trapped in the ruins.
Rolling, who runs a nonprofit in Haiti, was finishing up some errands in the capital when the quake hit late that afternoon. When the shaking stopped, Rolling heard people crying from the pancaked ruins of what had been a three-story school for girls.
“People in the first two floors were dead,” Rolling said last month while visiting his family in Vancouver.
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