Monday, September 26, 2011

GCC's 'everyday heroes' rush to help paraplegic student stuck on third floor when quake struck

At right: Structural damage to GCC's Dickinson Building. Elevators were damaged and Courtney Dole, a paraplegic student in a wheel chair was stuck on the third floor, with aftershocks to come.

As others fled Germanna's Dickinson Building, which was damaged in the Aug. 23 earthquake, Fredericksburg Area Campus Coordinator of Counseling Mark Haines and staffer James Haynes rushed up three flights of stairs, not sure what was going to happen.

The Dickinson Building is out of commission for about a year. Classes were moved to another building on the Fredericksurg Campus, and they resumed Sept. 6. Other GCC locations were unaffected.

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