Woman marks 50-years of service with the Red Cross

- A Bay Area woman has made her life's work helping communities across the country recover from disaster. 

Janet McGuire's job goes far beyond communications manager of the Central Florida American Red Cross.

"We work to save lives. We teach people how to save a life," McGuire said. 

She said every day is different and there's no such thing as planning.
 
"It's not just a job, it's a lifestyle. We always say it's an organization, but it's not. It's a movement. It's people getting together to make a difference," McGuire added.  

In her career, she's  helped coordinate relief efforts during 9/11, numerous natural disasters and the recent massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

"Our first response was really to help the search and rescue team and the investigators, and make sure they were hydrated and things like that," she explained. "We also branched out and then, when the families started getting back together, going to each one of the individuals, making sure that if somebody needed to talk to somebody, and everyone needed to."

Janet also worked with the U.S. military.

"We work with them even before they are deployed," she explained. "We work very closely with reuniting families who have been separated from war, from disaster."

Later this month, on her birthday she is giving herself the gift of retirement.

"It's been over 50 years that I've had some sort of part to the Red Cross in my life. Red Cross has always been a part of me," McGuire said.

She said she plans to continue volunteering after her retirement. 

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