Al Gore shows true leadership
by SouthernStar, Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 07:33:16 PM EDT
At 12:32 p.m. Sunday, the number of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Chattanooga, Tenn., increased by 130 when a humanitarian flight touched down at Lovell Field.
Those arriving Sunday did so because former Vice President Al Gore chartered a plane to bring displaced Louisianans to Tennessee.
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Things were "pretty bad" with about 200 patients, a lot of them very sick, in the airport when they arrived, according to Dr. LaFon, who is also a 20-year veteran of U.S. Air Force Special Operations.
Saturday's first flight out of New Orleans landed in Knoxville with "a lot of wheelchair bound patients," and darkness delayed the flight to Chattanooga until Sunday, the doctor said.
The first passengers Sunday to disembark from the plane had chronic medical needs -- asthma, seizures and heart conditions -- that needed immediate attention and were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Others were taken to temporary housing in the Chattanooga area provided by the city housing authority as well as area churches and other charities.
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