January 21st, 2010
06:23 PM ET

Big Kenny reflects further on Haiti

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Country star "Big Kenny" Alphin is not just blogging from Haiti, he is helping.

“I don’t want to leave one stone unturned,” he said. “Not one.”

The singer is desperately seeking his friend Walt Ratterman who was at the now collapsed Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince during the earthquake in Haiti. Big Kenny says Ratterman’s wife is convinced he is still alive and he wants do whatever he has to in order to find his friend.

He is also looking, he said, for Diane Caves, 31, who works for the Centers for Disease Control. Big Kenny said he received a request from former Tennessee senator Bill Frist regarding Caves, who was from Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

“They said she’s the last unaccounted-for government employee in Haiti,” said Big Kenny, who added that Frist, who is also in Haiti, has treated more than 30 patients.

The country star crossed into Haiti from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday with a group of doctors to help lend a hand. Several of the doctors are anesthesiologists, Big Kenny said, whose services are much in demand for the many victims who require surgery.

“There are lots of people who need amputations here,” Big Kenny said quietly. “Gangrene has set in for some of these folks and it’s not pretty.”

He said he’s been overwhelmed by what he has witnessed in the devastated country.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Big Kenny said. “Floors and floors of buildings just pancaked. We had a 15-year-old boy come up to us who said he was searching for food and water for his family.”

He said he’s met so many people who are working tirelessly to help, such as Dr. Mark Pinnard, a Haitian-born doctor who was educated in the United States and who returned to his country to open a clinic.

Big Kenny said he was awed by how the world has pulled together to help the tiny nation. The people of Haiti have consistently expressed to him how grateful they are, he said, even as they remain fearful about continued aftershocks.

As he made his way down a crowded Haitian street, he looked out of the car window and reflected on what he saw.

“There are so many collapsed buildings and then every once in awhile you see one damaged, but still standing,” he said. “There are people walking by, just trying to go about their lives as best they can.”

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Satchel Marty Pugatch, Pugatch Orginiaztion Inc.

    I agree with Marty!

    November 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marty Satchel Pugatch

    Raveon for the Nelsons.

    November 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A. A. A. A. Pugatch

    Ozzie Nelson married Freddo Pugatch's son Kenneth.

    November 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeffrey David Marmon Teacher Abington High School

    I am honored my students think of me as Mr. Kotter.

    October 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Boyd Porter Barnard

    We all miss Ozzie Nelson and love him forever and one day.

    October 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thomas R. Clauss (In Diapers at 90)

    Kids let us remember that we are Unis Plurim and wholely one!

    October 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Larry Stotman Tornetta

    Dad Clausss os a chucklehead.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Stotman Tornetta

    Rock On Rick Cassidy!

    October 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stotman Tornetta

    Jeff Marmon would be a wonderful Mr. Kotter!

    October 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Larry Stotman Tornetta

    We could bring back Jeff Marmon as Mr. Kotter.

    October 10, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. 18 Sunset Drive

    Let us put on a play!

    September 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tyler Wolgin/West Palm Beach Florida

    We need a mission to Haiti and now!

    September 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas R. Clauss (In Diapers at 90)

    I am proud of U kids.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mooshu Pek Wolgin

    I will take the trip with you Bart.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 18 Sunset Drive

    Thank you Barton Wolgin.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Barton Wolgin

    We need a Crusade to fix Haiti and the problems pertinent to same.

    With you hlp i want to lead the Crusade.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. 78 Sunset Drive

    Well said Connie.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Connie Jody Lauren Handelman

    The Rochet mission will help put Food on alot of Plates.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Boyd Vivian Barnard

    The Charles Rochet mission will bring help soon.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. HeavenlyDD

    Aid is on way!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Felix Hobart Clauss Sr.

    let us keep our Comportment proper.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Nasty Boy Jack Clauss

    We will send aid when i am below ground.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Julie Scharfberg

    We need to send Aid to Haiti.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Connie Scharfberg

    Haiti will comeback Bigtime.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bee Bop Jack Clauss

    Haiti is the Last best Hope for Mankind!

    September 13, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  26. Boyd Barnard Dolman

    Keep Focused and remember the rest of the best.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Boyd Barnard

    Stay the course Kenny!

    Boyd Barnard

    August 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  28. T.F. Dad Clauss Sr.

    Kenny stay focused and never give up.

    Dad Clauss

    August 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Thomas Felix Clauss Sr.

    think Big and remember Dad loves you.

    Dad Clauss

    August 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Esmeralda

    Don't stop believing, Kenny and keep your faith alive and in God throughout your journey. Open your heart and mind and prepare to grow even more as a human being who loves and cares. God Bless you and all of those around you.

    January 22, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  31. Debra R

    Thank you Big Kenny. You are an amazing man. Stay safe and I hope you find your friends.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  32. c rioz

    this is beyond encouraging. are prayers are with you and your friend. reading the other comments from your previous post...for those who do not know about Big Kenny's music. His new solo cd..'less than whole' such a beautiful song for these times..amoung others. thank you kenny. you are a rare one who walks the walk! God Bless you

    January 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |

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