Monticello man provides medical support during President George H.W. Bush's funeral

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MONTICELLO, Iowa (KCRG) - An Iowan was among the members chosen from the National Disaster Medical System’s (NDMS) Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to provide medical support during the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.

Registered Nurse Harvey Johnson from Monticello, along with personnel from the NDMS, and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers stood by to provide basic medical care and advanced life support if needed during the event Wednesday.

“Typically at events like this we see people who have minor cuts or sprains or other non-life threatening injuries/illness, such as dehydration or hypothermia,” Ron Miller, acting director of ASPR’s NDMS said. “However, we also have provided initial life-saving care for more serious injuries or illnesses and stabilized patients for transportation by DC Fire/EMS to a local hospital.”

Johnson is now home after the events earlier in the week in Washington, D.C.

He is one of more than 6,000 team members of the NDMS.