Emotional Haiti Rescue: Tears, Shouts of USA, USA (Video)
January 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—There isn’t much to feel good about in the devastated island nation of Haiti these days. But something very special occurred there Sunday on the streets of Port-au-Prince. A small miracle happened, among many recent rescue miracles, to bring smiles and tears of joys to a group of U.S. rescuers and the people of Haiti. When a young woman was rescued from beneath the rubble of a destroyed building, people in the street began shouting, USA, USA, USA. When was the last time we as Americans have heard such a chant?
An estimated 200,000 people lost their lives soon after the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean country last Tuesday. And rotting bloated corpses still lie on the streets a week later. About 70,000 unidentified bodies so far, have been scooped up by dump trucks and hurled into mass graves. There is virtually no governmental infrastructure left in Haiti and violence in the streets has hampered relief efforts. If there is a hell, it exists right now in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
But for a brief moment on Sunday, there was joy and a celebration of life amid the stench of death. The L.A. County urban search and rescue team and their search dogs spent hours working to free a woman from the wreckage of a hotel, where she was trapped for five-days. The rescuers were exhausted when they finally removed the trapped woman from the rubble and the large crowd of Haitians watching the rescue began to cheer. A few people began to shout USA, USA, and then a few more, until it turned into a chant.
As the rescue team moved the woman out on a stretcher, the crowd followed them still chanting, USA, USA, USA. Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Bill Monahan and his team were teary eyed and bursting with pride for their country. Debra Tosch, executive director of the Search Dog Foundation said, “Bill said it brought his team to tears.”