Date: Feb 11, 2016
By: Tsai Tsung-hsun, Wu Sheng-ju and Lee Jung-ping / Staff reporters
As efforts continue to search the rubble of the collapsed Weiguan Jinlong
complex in Tainan’s Yongkang District (永康) following Saturday’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake, stories of personal sacrifices by rescue workers from across the nation have started to surface, including some who gave up far more than their Lunar New Year holiday in the race to save lives.
Chiayi City special rescue squad captain Hsu Shao-tang (徐紹唐) directed rescue efforts on Saturday and Sunday, even though his father was hospitalized. He only left the disaster site on Monday to see his father after the hospital contacted him to say his father was in critical condition.
Hsu’s father passed away on Tuesday, and Hsu said that he would rejoin the search and rescue efforts after he puts his father’s affairs in order.
A soldier named Ma Ping-han (馬秉涵) was also among those working on the Weiguan Jinlong site, even though his own family’s home in Tainan also collapsed during the quake. [FULL STORY]