Hometown Hero Spends 50 Years Helping Others

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 08/13 2014 08:06PM

Updated 08/13 2014 09:22PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Whenever disaster hits, the Red Cross is always there. Its volunteers respond anytime and anywhere.

“In disasters there are so many people that need help physically and replacing equipment that was lost in disasters,“ says Sue Baremore. “And it's good to be able to help with that process.”

Baremore has been a nurse in Missouri for the last 50 years. She’s now retired nurse and has been volunteering for the Red Cross the past 15 years.

She is credited with making a difference in so many lives.

“I think there's something that brings you back to the fact that you are trained to be a nurse and you can help out when it’s needed where it’s needed,” she says.

Baremore is the state nurse for the Red Cross that serves this region, she has responded to hundreds of disasters over the years and helped countless numbers of victims.

“Sue is an amazing volunteer and she is she just made herself so much available she not only deploys all over the country to help people but here she serves as our state nurse for the Red Cross, “ says Regional Red Cross CEO Debi Meeds.

From Ground Zero after 9-11, to local house fires, floods and the 2011 Joplin tornado, Baremore is always there leading the way ensuring volunteers, emergency workers and victims and their families can get the help they need.

“And she is really the best that we have because her care and compassion for those that you know have been devastated by disaster and especially have lost someone is just exceptional and we're very privileged to have her as our volunteer,” says Meeds.

Baremore is dedicated to helping others. She says it’s something feels is her duty.

“It fulfills my need to be with people helping people,” she says. “I get so much satisfaction out of it. I get probably more out of it than what I give.”

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