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News | Feb. 29, 2016

Red Cross member translates for medical providers, recipients

By Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton JTF-Bravo Public Affairs

A ten-person Honduran Red Cross volunteer team helped provide translation services during a Medical Training Readiness Exercise in the Cortes Department, Feb. 18-19, 2016 as part of a joint Honduran and U.S. Army service to local communities.

During the MEDRETE, Roy Broonfield, a 16 year old Puerto Cortes local and three year veteran with the Honduran Red Cross worked with members of the pharmacy to help provide appropriate medicines and supplements to the people benefiting from the medical services.

From missionary work to his job as a lifeguard, Roy's experience in helping other people far surpasses the average teen's.

"It's beautiful to be part of an organization that focuses on helping people. It's what I love to do," said Broonfield.

During the MEDRETE, Broonfield helped out the pharmacy by providing translations for nearly 500 patients and who received over 1000 prescriptions.

"Helping other people makes me feel great," said Broonfield. "I plan on volunteering [in] the future and I am going to be a lifeguard until I go to college to study medicine. I think all the things I've learned from this experience will help me a lot."

Broonfield is one of more than 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent active volunteers playing essential roles in supporting their communities throughout the world. For more information on the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, please visit