Aid for the recent Amtrak derailment in North Philadelphia required a united effort from members of the Philadelphia community.
Tuesday morning, Temple President Neil Theobald recognized those aid efforts made from the Temple Community in a five paragraph letter sent by email to students and faculty.
In the email, Theobald recognizes the efforts of first responders, student EMTs, those involved with Temple University hospitals and anyone else in the Temple community who played a role in aid, saying, “When the eyes of the nation were turned to Philadelphia, Temple showed its exceptional professionalism and deepest care. I could not be more proud of you all.”
An article by Philly.com, says Temple student EMTs played an important role in the derailment.
Many student EMTs had left campus to go home for the summer, the article says, but upon hearing about the derailment some student EMTs jumped at the opportunity to aid at the scene of the derailment. The students rode their bikes carrying forty pounds of equipment toward the Temple University Hospital.
Director of the student EMTs, Danielle Thor, lead the squad to the hospital, where they saw serious injuries from the derailment firsthand.
Most of the student EMTs, according to the article, say it was the most severe accident scene at which they had ever assisted.
The student EMTs aided victims that night from about 10:30 p.m. to until 2 a.m.
Theobald continued his thanks in the final paragraphs of the letter.
“I also take enormous comfort in knowing that the Temple community is prepared to come together and make a vital difference when we are called to action.” Theobald said.
“To everyone who played a role in this tragic event, please accept my heartfelt thanks.”