OSD Seattle Immediately Mobilizes to Help Victims, First-Responders from Amtrak Train Derailment

SEATTLE, WASH. December 18, 2017 /For immediate release/ — After hearing of the tragic news that an Amtrak train derailed on the inaugural from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, members of OSD Seattle immediately mobilized in support.


Led by OSD Northwest Regional Director Chance McPheron, members provided food and blood donations to the Madigan Donation Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.

Madigan Amry Medical Center personnel work to treat victims injured in the derailment of an Amtrak Train near Tacoma on Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo: U.S. Army / Madigan Army Medical Center)

McPheron said, “Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) received over 20 victims from the Amtrak derailment in Dupont, WA. The blood donation facility was overwhelmed with new donors trying to help, so veteran members of the team delivered pizza for the soldiers and staff on site, along with OSD Seattle hosting a contest through Christmas across their social media, promoting members to donate blood at their local banks as well.”


“The soldiers and staff at the donation center were extremely grateful for the food. Not only had most of them been working non-stop all day, they were going to be working later than usual due to the overwhelming amount of new donors. A few hot pizzas to get them through the rest of the day was definitely appreciated.”


“One of our members was assigned to the MAMC blood donation facility, and knows many of the soldiers and staff well. Seeing reports that they were overwhelmed and no longer accepting new donors, he knew from personal experience they weren’t getting a lunch break anytime soon. These are the unique moments where OSD enables veterans to give back to the communities in which they served, and I’m just proud to have been a part of today’s effort.”


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