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Fairfax Search And Rescue Team Returns From Haiti

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Fairfax County Canine Search Specialist Teresa MacPherson and her dog Banks, finally home after a 15-day mission to Haiti.
Jonathan Wilson
Fairfax County Canine Search Specialist Teresa MacPherson and her dog Banks, finally home after a 15-day mission to Haiti.

By Jonathan Wilson

Efforts to help the wounded and rebuild an entire country continue in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

But in Virginia, members of Fairfax County's Urban Search and Rescue Team are back home after helping pull survivors from the rubble.

Jonathan Wilson spoke with team members about their journey.

Teresa MacPherson is a canine search specialist with the county.

Shes been working in Search and Rescue for close to 17 years but she says there's little that could've prepared her for this mission.

"Never been gone this long, and never have I seen such a challenging mission," says MacPherson. "It was the biggest, baddest one Ive ever been on."

The 114-person crew spent 15 days in Haiti, longer than many expected to be gone. But many say they would have stayed longer if the mission called for it.

Structural specialist Shawn Kennedy says things are improving in the country, even if life is far from back to normal.

"When we first got there, people were sleeping in the streets, and now people are moving back into their homes and you see businesses starting to function again," says Kennedy.

Fairfax County's team rescued 16 people trapped in the rubble in Haiti over the course of the two week mission.

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