Knoxville man travels overseas to help in Ukraine

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville man has left Tennessee to care for those in need of medical assistance in Ukraine.

Russ Frazier is a medical doctor, head of Knox County Rescue, and a member of the Knox County SWAT team. With the many titles he’s had over the years, his wife, Kim Frazier, said it prepared him for this moment. He is now on the ground in Ukraine providing patient care and medical training to service members and residents.

Russ is involved in assisting with a non-governmental organization known as the Global Surgical Medical Support Group (GSMSG). The non-profit organization devotes time to providing medical relief to communities in need.

After a conversation Russ had with his wife and two sons, it became clear that he had to leave.

“Our teenage sons were so hopeful and they said, ‘Daddy, you gotta do this,'” Kim said.

In 12 hours it was packed. His family said goodbye to him and hope he can return home in two weeks.

“You know, when things like that happen, you just respond,” Kim said.

Kim said it was definitely a time not just for her husband, but for anyone who could help.

“If you have skills, talents and gifts, give them away,” she said. “That’s really what my husband wants. It’s just who he is, he’s just built that way, and that’s really one of the reasons I fell so deeply in love with him is because he had such a love to serve others.

Global Surgical Medical Support Group operates solely through donations, Frazier said. If you would like to donate to the association, you can do so by visiting their website.


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