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Volunteers with 4-wheel drive come to aid of health workers

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All they had to do was ask. Toledo Hospital put out the word it needed volunteers with 4-wheel drive vehicles and people stepped up in droves.

With over 5,000 employees and a level 3 snow emergency in effect, Toledo hospital needed help getting its staff to work and they sure got it.

Among the helpers, Ron Ellis. We caught up with him on his 14th trip out in the snow. He was one of 60 drivers who volunteered to help get Toledo Hospital employees to work during the storm.

Ron received his assignment from the Toledo Hospital Command Center along with another volunteer driver, Jennifer Lahna.

Lahna was eager to pay back those who helped her. "I'm alive today because of these people, so it's my way to do something back for them."

Don Sullivan was in charge of getting everyone where they needed to be. During the first 12 yours of the storm, over 300 staff members were transported by volunteers like Jennifer and Ron.

Sullivan says a lot of people came in to volunteer. While the staff helped organize the drivers, the hospital administration stepped up as well. Toledo Hospital Kevin Webb filled in at the information desk.

Webb said, "This all they trust me with, I can give people directions about where to get in the hospital."

Employees like Darlene Booth were thankful. "It's awesome, I'm amazed."

Ron admits, "I kind of enjoy driving in the snow."

The hospital still needs to get the next shifts in and previous shifts home. If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle and would like to help out, call them at 419-291-2611.

 

 

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