“We know what we’re walking into — every single patient in there has COVID,” Kemplin says, referring to the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. “These COVID medics who can jump out of a plane at 40,000 feet or scuba to get to their targets, they are talking to these patients, cleaning them. These guys and women are absolutely all about being right there for these patients.”
Despite the virus saturating the field hospital, the former military medics have no hesitation. “We want to show New York City that we’re listening, we’re here,” Kemplin says. “Ryan would have been right here right alongside us.”
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