|Cdr. Sally Hu (l) and Park Ranger Berger (r)
||Lcdr. Eric Zhou (l), Hu and Lcdr. Jessica Cole at the Humphrey Bldg. headquarters for the National Independence Day celebration
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people converge on the National Mall to enjoy 4th of July festivities. They arrive en masse to listen to music, watch parades and take in the sights and sounds of Washington D.C. An unlucky few seek medical care for a variety of reasons, which can vary from mild to severe. Health care during events of this size and scope can be substantial. To address these issues, the National Park Service partners with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide health care. Multiple medical support teams were deployed to Independence Day activities this year. NIH offered nine officers to augment HHS’s robust response: Capt. Jeffrey Kopp, Capt. Joann Mican, Capt. Susan Orsega, Cdr. Sally Hu, Cdr. Paul Kruszka, Cdr. Colleen Lee, Cdr. Megan Mattingly, Lcdr. Stefanie Glenn and Lcdr. Eric Zhou.
To prepare, the officers volunteered multiple days to train for responses to any emergency—large or small. The weather on July 4 was hot and humid. Despite the enormous crowd, the event went well. Ultimately, the training ensured this year’s celebration was safe and fun for the hundreds of thousands of attendees.