Nov 21, 2005 — Over the last year, North Country soldiers, National Guardsmen, and volunteers have been helping people around the world recover from natural disasters. Gulf Coast hurricanes and the tsunami in Southeast Asia have drawn much of the attention. But one of the most devastating natural disasters was a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on October 8. The quake flattened villages in a remote region of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Aid groups say as many as 3 million victims are still at risk from disease and exposure. Joe Connelly returned earlier this month from the mountain valleys of Pakistan. Connelly is a paramedic, who divides his time between North Creek and New York City. He spent two weeks volunteering, bringing medical treatment to people in some of the hardest-hit and most secluded villages. He spoke with Brian Mann.
Note: Portions of this interview include graphic descriptions of injury and death.