Charlie Arena Recalls Favorable Experience With Midwest Medical Deployment to NYC
Charlie Arena of Auburn spent a couple of weeks in New York City with a Midwest Medical Transport Company task force team.
The 2018 Auburn High School graduate completed a year as a paramedic Tuesday, May 12. He was among about 20 emergency medical technicians (EMT) who left Nebraska Sunday, April 19 driving about 26 hours to the nation’s largest city. The unit’s responsibility was handling 911 calls in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It returned home Sunday, May 3. Arena notes it was his first deployment as an EMT.
“It was a good experience. I did not know what to expect. We were all over the city. We had to learn the streets and where the hospitals were. We were the second group to be sent. We had a few days between being notified of our assignment before leaving Nebraska. Some equipment was provided but for the most part we used our own. We used stair chairs a lot to get people out of apartment buildings. There are a lot of big buildings,” he recalls.
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