PHILADELPHIA - A VMSC Emergency Medical Services paramedic and EMT left their homes in Lansdale, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning and are in route to Florida to help the communities that have been damaged by major Hurricane Ian.It's the first deployment for paramedic, Jay Hughes, who is alongside his fellow first responder, Rich Roberts.
Hughes says he's never done anything like this before, but people need help, and he feels as if it's his duty to offer that help."It's all about helping people, right?
That's kinda why we got into this," said Hughes.FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce spoke with Hughes and Roberts as they were on the road Tuesday afternoon.
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