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Scrubs and Boots: UMMC nurse & Quitman grad helps pull 100 motorists off ice-coated Lakeland exit

UMMC nurse helps pull over 100 motorists off ice-coated Lakeland exit
UMMC nurse helps pull over 100 motorists off ice-coated Lakeland exit(UMMC/WLBT)
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 4:22 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A medical ICU nurse at UMMC helped people in a whole new way during the winter ice storm this week. It was around 6:45 Wednesday morning when Matt Harris said he noticed vehicles stranded along the exit ramp off I-55 South on Lakeland Drive.

After assessing the situation, and while still in his blue scrubs, Harris got out and pulled a tow strap from his Ford F250. Harris, along with his former MICU co-worker Tony Sistrunk, then spent the next hour hooking up cars and pulling them to the top of the hill.

Harris estimates that he and Sistrunk helped about 100 motorists, many of whom were nurses.
I felt like I was mud-riding back in the day with my brother and his friends, and having to pull people out of the mud,” Harris said. “It was fun this morning, too.”

Dr. Andy Wilhelm, the MICU’s medical director, said he’s not at all surprised by the compassion these men shared and that “those are the characteristics they’ve always demonstrated and lived by in the ICU.”

Harris’ parents are Ray and Lisa Harris of Clarke County. The Quitman High School graduate then went to work his shift at UMMC’s medical ICU. He said he’s glad he and his diesel F-250 were in the right place at the right time.

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