At a time when it is difficult to track or react to all traumas occurring throughout the world each day, all of Pittsburgh can be proud of how the people responded to the stabbings at Franklin Regional High School.
Dedicated medical technicians calmly handled emergency transports and gave life-saving medical attention. Communities beyond Murrysville rallied together, hugged strangers and supported each other with kind and thoughtful words, vigils, banners and so much more. Churches offered special services that first night to help heal hurting and shocked people.
As a volunteer at Forbes Regional Hospital I witnessed firsthand how life-threatening concerns were handled with compassion and care as soon as the incident began. It was overwhelmingly touching to know how the hospital’s expert medical staff, the administrative group and the clergy associates immediately and compassionately moved to address the need to save lives, to graciously treat the families and friends with a private meeting room and to recognize the spiritual help that would be welcomed in the midst of such a community tragedy.
My co-worker and I offered available information and escorted countless members of the media to press conferences that helped the community be informed. It was inspiring to see how the doctors’ interviews answered questions, yet revealed much about their own character in their remarks to comfort.
How proud I was to be on the periphery to observe the significant and exemplary behavior on emotionally charged days that demanded the highest measure of love and attention, and to see it all come together in such a display of care from all sections of our region! A community tragedy brought people of the Pittsburgh area together to show the area’s finest character.