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17 September 2017, 12:23 | Opal Carroll
Marshall Greene wore a bright yellow shirt when professional interpreters usually wear blue or black so their hands stand out
Officials in Manatee County, Florida, recruited local lifeguard Marshall Greene to sign during a September 8 news conference, during which they issued an emergency evacuation order, the Palm Beach Post reports via WFLA.
Although no storm-related deaths appeared to have been reported in the county, officials were still surveying how many structures had been damaged by the hurricane.
The county chose to not use an interpreter from VisCom, a professional sign language interpreting service, as it usually does.
Trained ASL interpreters always wear blue, black or a color where their hands will stand out. He was one of several people who, while seeing the event unfold, began to type what county officials were saying in the Facebook comments section so those who could not hear them could be informed.
"It was obvious to me he wasn't a professional interpreter".
This sign language interpreter was not one of them.
One video uploaded to YouTube placed captions to show what the man appeared to be signing during the briefing.
After failing to get an expert to communicate the evacuation and safety advice, they instead asked county employee Marshall Greene, who works as a lifeguard for the marine rescue unit and who has a deaf brother.
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