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‘The Ebola Fighters’ Named Time’s Person of the Year (Video)

“This was the worst outbreak in history, and while officials were in denial and very slow to respond, these men and women did the hard and dangerous work of treating patients and protecting the rest of us,” magazine editor says

TIME Magazine has named “The Ebola Fighters” its person of the year, the magazine’s editor announced Wednesday on “Today.”

“This was the worst outbreak in history, and while officials were in denial and very slow to respond, these men and women did the hard and dangerous work of treating patients and protecting the rest of us,” TIME editor Nancy Gibbs told Matt Lauer.

“It’s an incredible honor to be part of the group being recognized” Dr. Kent Brantly, medical missions advisor for Samaritan’s Purse and the first American to be affected with the virus, said Wednesday on TODAY of the shared title.

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“Those who paid the highest price for their service are themselves West Africans. It’s an honor for me to be considered as a part of that group,” Bradley added.

Here were the runner-ups: second went to Ferguson protestors; third to Russian President Vladimir Putin; fourth to Masoud Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan, and fifth went to Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba.