Nurse Manager, Macon County General Hospital, Lafayette, TN
After an F3 tornado hit her community, Latise sprang into action to help a fellow nurse whose husband had been injured in the storm.
On February 5, Latise Jones and her husband had settled into bed early in anticipation of going on vacation the following day. But at 10 p.m., they were awakened by an F3 tornado hitting their community. Soon after, Latise received a frantic phone call from a fellow nurse who needed help: her family’s mobile home had been destroyed by the storm, and her husband had broken his back.
In a utility vehicle, Latise and her husband carefully navigated the streets, now littered with fallen trees and power lines, in search of the nurse’s mobile home. After 20 minutes of searching, they found the family and transported them to an ambulance for treatment.
But Latise did not stop there. Within the first 90 minutes of the storm, she and her husband ventured into the devastated area, carrying 15 badly injured residents to waiting ambulances. Later that evening, she returned to Macon County General Hospital and worked through the night.
Thank you, Latise, for your courage and your commitment to your fellow community members. You are a true hospital hero!
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