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Johnston EMS Workers Back Home After Being Stuck In La.

Posted September 1, 2005

— Some Johnston County EMS workers who got caught in the path of Katrina returned home Thursday.

The workers were in New Orleans for a conference when the hurricane hit. They said they were unable to evacuate, so they spent many nights on the 19th floor of their hotel.

The father of an EMS worker and a Pitt County sheriff deputy drove to Louisiana in a van donated by a local car dealership to pick up the EMS workers and bring them back home. One of the EMS workers said there was plenty of devastation in the area.

"It's bad. There is no electricity. In fact on the way back, we probably traveled 250 miles before we ever ran into any form of electricity," said EMS worker Danny Morgan. "We stopped to get gas and it took us over two hours to get gas because everyone was either out of gas or didn't have any electricity to pump gas."

It took them 20 hours to get back to Johnston County.

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