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American Red Cross Responds During Herkimer Tragedy

The Red Cross will continue to make itself available to provide emotional support and other services for residents and families of the victims.

Fourteen people spent March 13 at an American Red Cross shelter at Herkimer County Community College that was opened for residents who had to be evacuated from their homes in the area of Main Street in Herkimer because of the standoff with the suspect from that day's fatal shootings.

About 20 residents visited the shelter, but not all stayed the night. The Red Cross provided cots, blankets, comfort kits and breakfast to those who stayed, and also provided mental health counseling and health services for residents who requested those services.

The shelter remained open until the residents were allowed to return safely to their homes.

“We are relieved that the standoff has ended and we commend the heroic efforts of the state police, FBI and local law enforcement officials during this ordeal,” Jennifer Balog, Community Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter, said Feb. 14. “The Red Cross will continue to make itself available to provide emotional support and other services for residents and families of the victims.”

Anyone who would like to receive Red Cross counseling services should call the Mohawk Valley Chapter at (315) 733-4666.