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PatriotMom Donating Member (310 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-05 02:45 AM
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33. This story is true, I heard a man in Phoenix today at the Coliseum...
where many of the survivors have been relocated, tell almost the exact same story. He too was with them on the freeway, he had been at the Super Dome as well, left there and went to the freeway, he was later air lifted to the Air Port where he said they waited another 17hr. He said he saw people dying all around him, committing suicide, people raping children, and one MP he said shot to death. He said he could tell much more that was even worse than that but he just didn't want to, then he put his head down and just gazed at the ground for the longest time. I was amazed and humbled.
Today myself. my husband my daughter and my grandson went to see if we could volunteer at the Coliseum, we were turned away as were almost everyone. They had NG stationed at the entrance and were allowing the survivors to come in and out, they had ID badges on them. I can see the reason for not allowing just anyone in, but as I showed them I am a Crisis worker with CPR, CPI and First Aid training. We went there to work, to do any thing that was needed of us but were turned away. What we did end up doing however was joining a group that had set up a makeshift donation center. We helped put up canopies for shade and someone had brought a huge BBQ and all the fixings for a welcome to the survivors with food and drink. They had made signs welcoming them to "New Orleans Arizona".
While we were there I was blessed to hear this man speak of his ordeal. All I could say is "I'm glad you are alive"
Some others came to the "party" and came up to us and hugged us, they did not know us but they hugged us anyway.
My heart is broken for these people.
This was a great experience for me today, the temp was probably 110 out today and I didn't think I was going to make it in that heat today, they did for almost 6 days without the needed water or food in excruciating heat.
What a miracle any of them survived this.
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