immediate release - Friday, February 8, 2002.
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Eighth and Final
Iowa Crisis Response Team Going to Ground Zero on Saturday
The Attorney General's Crime Victim
Assistance Division organized the six-person Iowa team that will spend
next week at the World Trade Center site.
DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller said today that
the eighth and most likely final Iowa Crisis Response Team will leave
Saturday morning to serve for a week at Ground Zero in New York City.
The veteran, six-member team will mostly work directly with construction
workers who are cleaning up the site and recovering remains of victims
of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The team will be working at a respite center operated at Ground Zero
by NOVA, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, to help workers
cope with the emotional trauma of their difficult work. An earlier Iowa
team established the respite center on behalf of NOVA in early November,
and construction workers flew an Iowa flag atop the huge 1000-ton crane
at the site.
Members of the eighth Iowa team are:
John Harrell -- Chaplain, Mercy Hospital, Des Moines
Betty Brown -- Administrator of Victim & Restorative Justice Programs,
Dept. Corrections, DSM
Matt Peterson -- Residential Officer, Department of Corrections, Davenport
Diane Tonkyn -- Therapist, United Action for Youth, Iowa City
Suzan Brooks -- Attorney, Des Moines
Judy Pancratz (Team Leader) -- Guidance Counselor, Davenport Community
"This is a veteran team," Miller said. Peterson and Pancratz are serving
on their third crisis response team in the NYC/New Jersey area; the other
four members are serving on their second.
Miller said this is likely to be the last Iowa Crisis Response Team dispatched
to work with survivors, construction workers, airline pilots and many
others affected by the Sept. 11 attack, although individual trained Iowans
may serve in the future as needed.
"Iowans on the teams have given about 450 days to help people in New
York and New Jersey cope with this terrible disaster," Miller said. Eight
Iowa teams have averaged eight members each and served for a week based
either in NYC or in Jersey City NJ just across the Hudson River.
"The Iowa teams have been extremely well-received by the people of New
York and New Jersey," Miller said. "The work is difficult physically and
emotionally, but it makes a big difference to victims, survivors, and
now construction workers. I am very proud of Iowans who are making this
Betty Brown, John Harrell, and Suzan Brooks will leave DSM at 11:05 a.m.
Sat. via United and return at 4 p.m. Feb. 17. Diane Tonkyn will leave
Cedar Rapids at 11:20 a.m. Sat. via United and return at 5:52 p.m. on
Feb. 17. Judy Pancratz and Matt Peterson will leave the Quad Cities at
11:25 a.m. Sat. via United and return at 6:20 p.m. Feb. 17.
Crisis Response Training Scheduled
The Iowa teams are organized by the Crime Victim Assistance Division
of Miller's Office at the request of NOVA, the National Organization for
Victim Assistance. Team members are among about 60 Iowans from various
disciplines who have extensive training in helping communities cope and
recover in the aftermath of major crimes or other large-scale trauma.
The Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division
is organizing a 40-hour training March 11-15 to prepare more Iowans to
be ready to serve on the full Iowa Crisis Response Team.
The full Iowa Crisis Response
Team now consists of about 60 volunteers from various disciplines, including
victim advocates, mental health professionals, child psychologists, educators,
health professionals, clergy persons, and peace officers. All have completed
extensive training in the special task of serving communities in
the wake of a crime-related disaster. Iowa Response Team individuals have
responded to community crime-related trauma situations in Salt Lake City,
Little Rock AR, and several locations in Iowa including Marshalltown,
Woodward, and Ft. Dodge.
Specific Iowa response teams can be assembled on 24-hours' notice. When
the disaster hit New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, the
full roster of volunteers was notified and put on alert in case Iowa was
asked to send a team or teams. In most cases, employers contribute the
time of their employees who serve on the teams.
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