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North Texas First Responder Recounts Deployment to NYC Amid COVID-19 Surge, Overseeing Vaccines Back Home

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As the vaccine rolls out across North Texas, first responder Michael Marsh is especially aware of just how far the medical community has come.

In March, Marsh – the Operations Manager in Arlington for American Medical Response, was deployed to New York City as the first COVID-19 surge paralyzed the city.

“I guess you could say it was very surreal,” said Marsh. “This is the first time I’ve seen responders in a kind of anxiety.”

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In New York City, Marsh oversaw the operations of 350 ambulances and during his time in the city, one of his paramedics contracted the virus and died.

“I personally took Paul to the hospital in New York and watching him deteriorate, that was a first for me, I’ve never lost anyone,” he said.

The impact of the loss and the lessons learned were all things Marsh has brought with him back to North Texas. At the Arlington site, he is helping to oversee the inoculation of about 2,000 people every day, providing an opportunity to finish what he started months ago.

“To stop in this big arena floor and be like ‘we have worked so hard for this moment,’” said Marsh. 

*Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not meant to indicate where actual infected people live.

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