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Fairfax Rescue Team Prepares To Leave Haiti

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By Rebecca Blatt

The Urban Search and Rescue team from Fairfax County, Va., is expected to make its way home from Haiti.

At least 122 people have been saved by search-and-rescue teams in Haiti since the earthquake. Sixteen of those rescues were made by the team from Fairfax County.

Spokesman Dan Schmidt says that's the most the team has performed in the 13 years he has been with the department. Schmidt says no departure date has been set, but County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova says she expects the team to return in the next few days. Bulova says she plans to formally recognize the team for its heroism at a meeting next month.

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