Skip to comments.E.M.T. At the Superdome recounts what REALLY happened.
Posted on 09/09/2005 6:23:47 AM PDT by RightinNM
Paramedic's N.M. team stays behind to treat storm victims ... a self-contained, federally funded team from New Mexico -- arrived in New Orleans at 3 a.m. Aug. 30 with 20 tons of supplies. ... Hesch has a few insights he'd like to share: "I would tell people to be patient with their government and understanding because this is the nation's biggest disaster, bar none."
(Excerpt) Read more at freenewmexican.com ...
VANITY- To add some credence to this story, It's extraordinary for the daily rag here in the P.R.S.F. (People's Republic of Santa Fe) to write anything that doesn't just slam Bush.
That's a polite way of putting it :)
Great post-I think his observations regarding the initial Nat Guardsmen is dead on accurate- I guess jesse Jackson has no idea that N.O. is 12 feet below sea level.....
Interesting article, with some new details.
This tidbit was kinda odd though:
"By contrast, at Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the 82nd Airborne Special Forces carried locked and loaded AK-47s at all times..."
---By contrast, at Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the 82nd Airborne Special Forces carried locked and loaded AK-47s at all times, with the National Guard in strong force, he said.---
That's a polite way of putting it :)
Translation: Their drug dealers had been evacuated.
That was 13 years ago. Maybe memory's just a little hazy. I vaguely remember that right after September 11, some troops (Guard?) were posted at airports with weapons but no bullets. Could be something like that with details getting hazy over time?
Well, I guess we know why that didn't happen!
...locked and loaded AK-47s ...
Please, someone, convince me that this reporter is not just slightly retarded
Yes, but, as I understand it, they didn't show up until five days after Andrew had hit.
That was a polite way of putting it is right. Good article, minimal spin and one heck of a heroic team from New Mexico.
They make it sound as if August 31st was DAYS after the start, not the day, essentially, it was after the levees broke. I am sure to them, in that environment, it felt that way though.
And no martial law imposed. Who has refused that?
Very interesting, coming from someone who was actually there. Not one "It's all Bush's fault" in the entire article either. He sure makes it sound like the majority of people who he came across at the Superdome are selfish animals.
They know how to pull tightly together in partying, though...
Sad, sick, and twisted. Wonder whose city these "fittest" now inhabit?
That stopped me, too. AK-47s? Did McCoy save Edith Keeler's life again?
I wonder what teams from other states bugged out after the levee broke, and why? To escape the flooding or to escape the violence? He doesn't say.
Yeah, but we don't do that around here :-)
by contrast, the Clinton Administration responded within hours of the Oklahoma City bombing, by blaming, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and all other Republicans
I'd be curious to know what hymns were sung.
Welcome to FR... Very good first post, hope you are around for a while...
In South Dade, where I live, the 82nd Airborne set up a camp just 2 short blocks away, on a school athletic field. National Guard was everywhere, the entire neighborhood (and all of South Dade, I believe) was cordoned off and under curfew. All the troops carried M-16's all the time (what the reporter was trying to say), you weren't allowed in the area without going through military checkpoints. It was a great feeling having those guys around. When enough debris was cleared so that out of town visitors could come in, they were shocked to have soldiers with rifles stop their cars to find out who they were and what they wanted.
Yes, it took 5 days before relief arrived in force. Until then we were completely on our own. Roads were impassable with huge amounts of debris, no elec, no phone, no way to call for help, and no way for help to get there short of by helo. But one thing different than NOLA, Dade County was not underwater. You had to already have food and water in reserve, which most people had long known they must do.
A good many homeowners were armed as well.
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They must have been the Russian 82nd Airborne. The 82nd Airborne are referred to as Rangers, not Special Forces. They definitely don't carry AK-47's unless they've just taken them away from some bad guys.
The above post refers to Andrew in '92. Sorry.
I have high hopes that NOLA, a city that I like, will come out of this a better place than it was. It has a good chance, IMO, especially if the federal government resists tampering with things too much.
very interesting bttt
Wow, mister...comically superior obscure reference.
LOL and well done.
I was waiting for someone to point this out. Do you honestly believe a reporter (or his/her editor) knows the difference between an AK and a M-16? Of course not, because all guns are bad, you know.
Anyways, regardless of whether or not said reporter or witness knows anything about guns, there was still a valid point being made: there was no (and still is no)imposition of order, either by consensus of the population (people banding together for the common good)or by brute force (police and Nat'l Guard presence)in New Orleans.
Thank you kindly.
Oh, you're absolutely right.
In person my tone and posture would've made it clear that mine was a very minor point in an otherwise important and helpful piece.
Maybe guns wouldn't be so bad if they were more coordinated to these people's outfits? You know, AR 15s get the earth-tone handguards for the fall; every summer the paisley AK buttstocks come out...?
Actually, they'd probably prefer "Earth Tones".
Seriously, I wouldn't care if they got the Boy Scouts armed with Brown Bess muskets out there, so long as someone, anyone, was making the point that order needs to be maintained if anyone is to be saved/rescued.
I apologize for my jumping in yer shyte over it, but some of us Freepers have a tendency to get so anal over minor details that we lose sight of the big picture. I was just hoping to avoid the multiple "MSM can't tell the difference" posts.
Before he left New Orleans, Hesch was confounded once again. A FEMA convoy from California had come under attack. People threw rocks at it.
Upon advice of others, the New Mexico team removed all signs that connected its vehicles to FEMA. "They told us, 'Be careful not to run over any dead bodies, and keep this as quiet as possible,' " Hesch said.
It wasn't a slow drive out.
John F. Kerry was passing them out from his weapons cache on Nantucket.
I think those were the 'watchwords' for LA Homeland Security at the outset of this disaster.