Mid-South soldier provides relief to Haitian people

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - More than one month after an earthquake rattled the homes and the hearts of the Haitian people, a Mid-South soldier is on the front lines of the relief effort.

Naval Petty Officer Kevin Herron, a 1995 graduate of Whitehaven High, is currently aboard the USS Carter Hall off Haiti's coast.

Herron says it is an experience he will never forget.

"A lot of houses, just in the shape they're in...a lot have just fallen over, the actual frames of the houses torn down," he said

Herron arrived in Haiti six days after the quake, and was quickly amazed by what he saw.

"The people were there having a church service, so in the midst of everything else, they still found time to have a church service," he said.

Herron's ship is providing medical and dental care, along with food and water, to the people of Haiti.  He doesn't know how long they will be deployed there.

"They all welcomed us with open arms and that's been that way every time I've gone out, and that's been the most memorable experience," he said.

Herron added that the Haitian people have already begun to recover.

"To see people, meet people, interact with different people and do things first hand, its very gratifying," he said. "Everything you have - don't take it for granted, the freedoms and liberties you have, and keep the people of Haiti in your prayers."

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