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Honor flight takes many people

Last weekend's honor flight carried more than just veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII memorial.

WAFF 48 News Anchor Lee Marshall says doctors, nurses, and paramedics donated their time to make the trip a safe one for everybody.

Some veterans and their family members worry about making the trip to Washington because of health concerns.

Some are in wheelchairs, some just need a helping hand.

Honor Flight insures all veterans and their health issues are taken of.

Tucked away in backpacks, out of site, paramedics have an arsenal of medical supplies ready in a moment's notice.

"We're equipped with AED's, defibrillators, drug kits, everything in case somebody has a medical emergency, we're there to treat it," says Scott Rester.

For these teams, it's not just preparation, it's placement.

"We've deployed our team across the aircraft and throughout the busses that we'll be taking to the various monuments in D.C., so we've split our equipment and we've talked about potential issues and how to react to those," says Rusty Fowler. 

"Our major job is to make sure these veterans get on and off the plane and bus and don't slip and fall, that's our major issue," says Rester.

"We have medical histories on all the people here with us today, we can take care of them if we need to," says Dr. Jeff Johnson.

For these doctors and paramedics, it's not just about saving lives, it's about giving back.

"The real story is the veterans and their service to our country, it's just nice to be able to volunteer and serve them today," says Johnson.

"These guys help protect us, so I guess it's my time to help protect these guys, and actually it's an honor to go," says Billy Casey.

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