Lamberts Ambulance Company
That morning I came into work and they told me one of the Trade
Centers got hit. We watched on TV while the other one got hit.
Around noon we got a call from Inova Hospital, in Fairfax, VA,
wanting to know if we could send an ambulance to transport people
out to nursing homes and wherever else they could go so they could
make room for victims from the Pentagon. We sent two ambulances
over from here and one from Martinsburg with three crews.
The remaining of the day people in the office sat around and
watched the news. We carried on with our normal routine of local
calls. There were a few more than usual due to tension and anxiety.
We transported people to the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg.
Jim Lambert, age 55
We had been contacted by Inova Hospital to go in and get transports
out to some different nursing homes and some different areas that
were accepting patients. The hospital was trying to clear out
room for patients from the Pentagon. There was five of us left
from here to go down. As we started in to the D.C. area, it was
the weirdest feeling for all, being buzzed by the Blackhawks.
We got down to the Mt. Weather military base and we got escorted
down the highway by a military patrol and also by the Blackhawks.
Because by that time they had already gotten the alert about the
possibility of ambulances being stolen and used as weapons.
We went ahead and went in. Our two contact hospitals were Inova
Fairfax and Inova Fairoaks. We started on transports out. Going
into D.C. it was a real eerie feeling seeing the smoke columns
coming up from the Pentagon. I know you can talk to any other
crews that was on it. I think they will all tell you the same
thing. I think that's got to be one of the weirdest feelings in
the world. That's the way it hit home to us on that one. We got
in up with crews from Aircare and started a system in down there.
Just going back and forth from the different hospitals-doing quite
a few transports. We got to meet a lot of the people down there
and help out with some of the staff. It was kind of a sickening
feeling to know what was going on and there wasn't more that we
could be doing. I gained a sense of pride in that at least we
could go down and do what we could .
Between our station here in Romney and Hedgesville and Clarksburg
we had no less than 50 volunteers that were ready to go. So we
just kept enough to do what we needed to here. Shifted our other
crews down to Inova. Shifted crews out of our Hedgesville office
to go to the VA center in Martinsburg to assist them. They were
already going under lock down. So we put crews in there to help
them out for a while. Our Clarksburg crews were on stand by. They
were covering for another ambulance company that was shifting
people up to New York.
We kind of had people in all directions. Just a weird feeling.
Something we hope we never have to go through again.
Fred Ganoe, age 40
The inscription reads:
We Who Touch New Life
We Who Touch Life in Pain
We Who Touch Life Near Death
We Who Touch Death
We Who Do Make A Difference
You Have Done All This, and More
You Have Touched Us
Now You Touch God.
WE THANK YOU
by John Wayne Hughes, EMT-P, P000051
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