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Volunteer deployed to Hurricane Isaac

Deanna Statler - Red Cross Volunteer
“When I got the call Monday morning at 7 a.m. telling me to go, I was excited.” - Deanna Statler, Red Cross Volunteer

When retired Petaluma resident Deanna Statler returned home from her vacation in the Sierra mountains on Aug. 26, she was surprised to hear a voicemail message from the Red Cross telling her to be ready for possible deployment to Louisiana to assist with the Hurricane Isaac relief efforts.

“When I got the call Monday morning at 7 a.m. telling me to go, I was excited,” Statler said.

Statler joined other local Red Cross Disaster Assistance Response Team members, including Petaluma Ecumenical Properties, or PEP, Housing Executive Director Mary Stompe, as well as volunteers from across the country who rushed to Louisiana days before the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.