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Volunteer drivers get hospital workers where they need to be (Washington Post)

February 10, 2010

By Mary Pat Flaherty
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 10, 2010; 4:51 PM

By 11 a.m. Wednesday, Tanios "Tony" Tannouse already had driven 100 miles through blinding whorls of snow and over unplowed streets so deeply rutted that they rattled his teeth. He'd been on the road for six hours, back and forth from Upper Northwest to Springfield, back and forth from Upper Northwest to Clinton, and was awaiting his next back and forth.

When other drivers are sheltering in place, Tannouse and volunteers like him are coming on duty, gassing up their four-wheel-drive vehicles to pick up and deliver hospital staff to their shifts.

Yes, the wind gusts made it "a pretty stressful day," and had him off the road by 1 p.m. Wednesday, said Tannouse, 43, of Bethesda. But he is a veteran of the snow shuttles. A volunteer driver for Sibley Memorial Hospital, he logged 470 miles in the 2003 storm, 200 miles in the December snowstorm and 140 miles in the first February storm, all in his white Chevy Blazer and all on his own dime, because he declines to turn in receipts at the hospital's command center.

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