Louis Chapman, Public Safety Manager at Branson Airport was recently deployed to Haiti with the United States Department of Health and Human Services-National Disaster Medical System- Missouri One DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team). Chapman is the Team Administration Officer and will be assisting those injured during the January earthquake and should return to Branson in approximately two weeks.
The MO-1 DMAT team is stationed at the Gheskio Field Hospital in Port Au Prince. Chapman has kept in touch with airport staff and reports; “The people here are the poorest and most desperate I have ever witnessed… There are many children and orphans with serious injuries and amputations are common due to the conditions.” He said they were able to save two men who had been trapped in the rubble for two weeks. Chapman also stated that several gang members were apprehended for attempting to charge an entry fee outside the hospital gates. Initially, they experienced major aftershocks several times a day, and while conditions are deplorable, they are able to save many lives.
Jeff Bourk, Executive Director of Branson Airport, supports Chapman, “While Louis is an integral part of the airport team and we miss his presence, we are extremely proud of his dedication and service to those who need his expertise. We look forward to his safe return.”
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