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Inauguration Update Two: Red Cross Volunteer on the Mall

By Adrienne Frank

Red Cross volunteer Karen Froslid Jones was on the National Mall by 6 a.m. on inauguration day. Fifteen minutes later, she saw her first hypothermia case. “That’s when I knew it was going to be a challenging day,” said the director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, with a gentle laugh. Over the course of her 12-hour shift, Jones encountered countless spectators; some asked for directions, others needed a bandage, and a few required serious medical attention. “They kept me pretty busy. I caught a few snippets of the ceremony here and there, but I didn’t see much of it,” she said. “Thankfully, I taped it!” Jones also worked a 12-hour shift, Jan. 18 at RFK Stadium, feeding emergency services and transportation personnel. She said it was fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes peek at Washington’s biggest party. “All of the coordination and cooperation that goes into an event like this is really impressive. I was lucky to have a view most people never see.”