Seeking local ties to devastating Turkey earthquake

October 25, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 25, 2011

Rescuers continue to search for people trapped amid rubble after a strong earthquake rattled Turkey on Oct. 23.

The magnitude-7.2 earthquake is the most powerful to hit Turkey in more than a decade and, so far, has claimed almost 300 lives. The temblor struck a remote region near the Iranian border.

The Issaquah Press seeks Issaquah School District residents connected to the earthquake or involved in relief efforts.

Email your contact information to reporter Warren Kagarise at, or contact the paper on Twitter or Facebook by noon Friday.

Turkey received aid offers from dozens of nations around the globe, but so far has not accepted international aid.

Turkish Red Crescent is among the largest disaster response organizations in Europe. The organization is prepared to respond to large earthquakes. Officials at the American Red Cross and local international relief organizations, including Medical Teams International, continue to monitor the situation, in case Turkey requests assistance.

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Run honors late local nurse, raises funds for Haiti relief

August 30, 2011

The ongoing relief effort in earthquake-stricken Haiti is the backdrop for dual events to honor a local man’s sacrifice on a medical mission to the Caribbean nation.

Matthew Bouthillier, a nurse at the former Swedish Medical Center freestanding emergency room near Lake Sammamish and a Renton resident, died suddenly after a heart attack during a relief mission to Port-au-Prince in March 2010.

Now, family members and Medical Teams International, a Christian global health organization, have organized The BIG Run, a 5K run-walk, and a multimedia exhibit to celebrate Bouthillier’s life and international aid Sept. 10.

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Swedish ER nurse dies during relief mission to Haiti

March 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2010

A Swedish/Issaquah emergency room nurse died Monday during a medical relief mission to Haiti.

Matthew Bouthillier, of Renton, suffered a heart attack in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during a volunteer mission with Medical Teams International, a Portland nonprofit with offices in Redmond.

“We are shocked and saddened beyond words at this enormous loss,” Medical Teams International President Bas Vanderzalm said in a statement released Tuesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s wife, Melissa, and his family, as well as our team in Haiti.”

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