USACE emergency response missions include debris removal and temporary power generation in Puerto Rico
Richard Cusimano, left, and Ben Delatte pose at the Camarones collection site in Puerto Rico on Dec. 27, 2017. Cusimano and Delatte were two of three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel supporting the debris mission here that ran toward the sound of calls for help to find a man that had fallen on his bike and was unable to stop the bleeding from a puncture wound sustained while bracing for the fall. Cusimano, with the New Orleans District, is a quality assurance inspector in at the Canovanas, Fajardo, Loiza, Rio Grande and Luquillo debris collection sites – a role he assumed from the third person, Anthony Frost, to come to the aid of the injured man. Delatte is also from the New Orleans District and is the zone manager for more than 30 debris sites in 10 municipalities. Both serve with the Louisiana National Guard’s 205th Engineer Battalion.