The following images were captured by Fireman Rebekah Runner who also serves as the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk. The Mohawk was among the initial wave of Coast Guard and United States government assets that descended on Haiti following last week’s devastating earthquake and these images reflect what they saw in the those first few days. Click here to view a slideshow with more photos submitted by FN Runner from Haiti. As Guardians continue to report in from Haiti, we will do our best to bring you their stories here at Coast Guard Compass.
“My name is Rebekah Runner, I am 22 and I am from Lancaster, CA. I joined the Coast Guard two years go and I am on the USCGC Mohawk out of Key West, FL.
My ship is currently anchored in Haiti for the earthquake relief. Our boat is working with the CGC Tahoma (WMEC-908) to provide medical help to as many people we can. Each day we are getting more supplies dropped on our helo pad by the Navy air craft carrier. Everyday we go in at about 0900 and we don’t come home until 1700.
I am so happy we are here to help these people. I cant see myself any where else right now but here! I feel like we are doing so much for these people no matter how little it may be, it is huge to them and they are always so thankful at the end!” – FN Rebekah Runner
UPDATE: We thought you might like to see an image of FN Runner as she and her fellow Guardians respond to the Haiti earthquake. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the new image or click here.