Cleveland Sailors Provide Comfort

Story Number: NNS071024-19Release Date: 10/24/2007 7:07:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael C. Barton, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Corpsmen from amphibious-platform dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) provided medical assistance to elderly evacuees at San Diego High School Oct. 24.

San Diego wildfires caused many families and the elderly to evacuate their homes.

"It's such a nice thing everyone is doing," said Gunhild Griffey, a resident of Spring Valley, Calif. "It's amazing how many people are willing to go out of their way and help people in a time of need."

Sailors and volunteers assisted with blood pressure, transporting patients around the school, routine check-ups and other care as needed.

"I just really enjoy helping people," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Gerard Adams. "It makes it more enjoyable when you help out the older community; it feels like they appreciate it so much."

San Diego High School is sheltering 118 evacuees and received an overwhelming turnout of volunteers and help from the Red Cross. Blankets, cots and food were some of the items donated to help the evacuees, who left with little or none of their belongings.

"I wish there was more time so I could help everyone," said Lt. Jane Scribner, Cleveland's medical officer.

Since Oct. 22, authorities ordered more than 900,000 people to evacuate their homes in Southern California.

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