September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document

Story:Working in the ER Department at an upstate hospital, you would think we heard of the events at the WTC. But we saw the events unfold infront of us, for that day we received new television sets in the new section of ER that was constructed. As a former employee of the local chapter in Emergency Services, I knew not to call right away, for I knew that chapter would be calling soon enough for DSHR volunteers. On September 13th I left my life and family and my 17 month old son behind and headed with 3 other DSHR volunteers. Intially I was to work in Mass Care and upon arriving saw a need in Logistics. On the morning of the 14th I start to work with the Logistics Officer and Assistant Officer. I kept thinking back to the events of 9/11 as I worked at HQ. I kept thinking of my young son and wondered what I would tell him of the events of 9/11. Now almost four years later, I am still not sure what to tell him, but I can tell him I was there to help and hope that I made a difference on the days that followed.

Response:I called my local chapter and told them I would like to help. It did not take long for chapter to call to say there was a need. Within 4 hours of getting the call I was on my way from Albany to NYC.

Affects:I continue to volunteer in other areas. I don't volunteer in Disaster Services. In 2002 I developed a no cost Infant CPR and safety Program for the hospital. I feel that there is a need that I can fill by teaching other people CPR - something where we can save a life.

Red Cross Volunteer:no

Red Cross Employee:no

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