Seattle firefighter traveling to Africa to help fight Ebola
Firefighter Kelly Melton will leave for Sierra Leone next week to provide medical supplies and treat the sick
SEATTLE — Local health care workers are heading to the front line of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. Bothell firefighter Kelly Melton will leave for Sierra Leone next week to provide medical supplies and treat the sick.
"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous," Melton said Tuesday. "It makes sense for me to go. I have the time, I have the knowledge, I have the ability, and, more importantly, I have the willingness."
Melton is a program director with EMPACT Northwest, which provides medical aid to people in need. Melton has traveled to Sierra Leone multiple times since 2009. During her trips, she has made friends and now considers some of the children part of her family. “When I think of them, I can’t imagine not going to help,” said Melton.