AU professor survives earthquake in Haiti

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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The horrible images we've all seen on t-v Auburn University Professor Dennis Shannon has seen them first hand. "I heard the shingles clattering on the roof and I knew we had to get out," Shannon told those at a seminar in at Auburn.

Shannon was in Haiti to work on a food security initiative for the U.S. Department of State. Shannon ended up working to save the victims in the first hours after the quake. He and a colleague began to treat the wounded. The had few supplies, no doctors and no anesthesia. But his friend was trained as an EMT and Shannon knew the language. They worked non stop to help those in need. "

Shannon had the chance to leave two days after the quake, but decided to stay. "Morally I could not leave until a doctor was there," he told WSFA 12 News.

Through Shannon's story, some Auburn students have been moved to action. Inspired, they are now ready to offer their help to Haiti. Shannon says the help will be needed for years to come. Shannon left Haiti January 16th. He and his colleague are making plans to return soon.

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