The Faces Behind the Scenes of Lubbock's Relief Efforts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/27/05

The Faces Behind the Scenes of Lubbock's Relief Efforts

Any normal week, you'll find Greg Bruce doing his job at University Medical Center. He says, "Each quarter we have a training meeting. I kicked that off this morning and introduced myself. I said 'I'm Greg Bruce and I still work at UMC.'" Over the past week, Bruce, Lubbock's Red Cross Chairman, slept only a few hours each night and spent every hour of every day assisting those who need him... hurricane victims. He doesn't even get paid for it, but if you think Bruce will pat himself on the back, think again. He'll only say, "We have relied on the thousands of volunteers who put in thousands of man hours to make this a success. It's an effort the entire community and region can be proud of."

It's also hard to get Assistant Police Chief/Incident Commander Tom Mann to take any credit. He admits it's long hours, "But others on the ground are doing lots of work to get things done. Those are the guys making things happen. And it's the same sentiment for Mann's co-worker, Assistant Chief Thomas Esparza. Ask Esparza if he'd do it all over again and he says, "No doubt. That's what our job is all about. We've really enjoyed having them here. We've had a great time with them, but they're ready to go home."

All three men say it's bittersweet to see the evacuees go, but they leave behind something that is here for good. Bruce explains, "It's probably one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Mann adds, "It's the most rewarding thing I've been involved in, a once in a lifetime event."

For some, the volunteer effort will continue outside of Lubbock. A number of game wardens from the Lubbock area left for the Gulf Coast Tuesday morning and a team of Sheriff's deputies are already there providing relief.

Lubbock Red Cross
Learn more about the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • 3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 1:08 PM EST2018-02-25 18:08:15 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 1:07 PM EST2018-02-25 18:07:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:09 PM EST2018-02-25 17:09:11 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

Powered by Frankly