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Haiti earthquake: Crowd chants, 'USA, USA,' as Los Angeles team rescues woman

January 19, 2010 |  1:49 pm

A video posted today on YouTube is being distributed through the White House e-mail group with the subject line, "AMAZING VIDEO: Crowd starts chanting USA, USA during L.A. County USAR rescue."

The Los Angeles Daily News published a story about the rescue Monday on its website. In Haiti rescues something to cheer about, Dennis McCarthy wrote:

They were bone weary from digging through rubble for five hours Sunday, losing faith fast, when the cheering began.

It was like a shot of adrenaline.

"U.S.A., U.S.A.," the large Haitian crowd standing in the street yelled as Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Bill Monahan and his search dog rescue team finally freed a young woman trapped under her collapsed hotel for five days.

"U.S.A., U.S.A." Cheering. For us! When's the last time we heard cheering for America in another country?

"Bill said it brought his team to tears," said Debra Tosch, executive director of the Search Dog Foundation in Ojai.

Continue reading the Daily News item.

For more stories on Southern Californians involved with the rescue efforts, see:

Southland doctor performs surgery on Haiti quake survivor aboard aircraft carrier

L.A. medical team arrives in Haiti to treat earthquake victims

Hundreds of Southland nurses volunteer to go to Haiti

L.A. fire rescue team poised to leave for Haiti to aid earthquake victims

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