Columbus doctor prepares for tour in Iraq

By Web Staff – email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) –  A Columbus doctor is shutting the doors of his practice for a tour of duty overseas.

Dr. William Paull is no stranger to the people of Columbus. His office has brought him a lot of success and a whole lot of loyal patients.

Now when patients arrive at his office they see a sign explaining his upcoming deployment overseas.

"I'm a little scared and a little excited at the same time. It's kind of hard to go into something you've never done before," says Dr. Paull.

Once Dr. Paull's boots hit the ground in Iraq, he will serve as a medical officer. His top priority is to take care of pilots during his 90-day deployment.

Dr. Paull who is in the Army Reserves says it a way of giving back.

"I guess the fact that I see many military people, ex-military people, civilians who work out of Fort Benning, I really had the urge to really get back in the reserves and give back."

But that sacrifice comes with a heavy price.

Once the doors to his practice are closed his staff members are officially out of a job.

"Thoughts and prayers are with him that he makes it home safely. I know that he'll be over there helping others, unfortunately he won't be here with us," says Brandi Cabrera.

As for Paull's practice no definite plans yet.

"My plan truly is to get through this deployment and get back to Columbus and start up or start again I would guess."

Dr. Paull has been in the Army Reserves for the past two-and-half years.  He is expected to be in Iraq by April 15th.

Dr. Paull says at least 95-percent of his staff has found other jobs.

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