FORT WORTH, TX, September 10, 2014 — When the first tower was hit in New York City on the morning of September 11, firefighters rushed to the area to help. Only minutes behind them were relief workers from the American Red Cross. Arriving in the iconic red and white feeding and supply truck known as an “Emergency Response Vehicle” (ERV), they prepared to help with first aid, evacuations and whatever else was needed. By the time the day was over, the towering mountain of debris left police cars, fire engines and the Red Cross feeding truck crushed beyond recognition.
In remembrance of the Red Cross team that responded on that terrible morning, and all of the families impacted, the Leo Potishman Foundation will be graciously donating the same type of vehicle to the American Red Cross in North Texas.
The Emergency Response Vehicle will be dedicated on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:00a.m. at the American Red Cross, 1515 S. Sylvania Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to our partners at the Leo Potishman Foundation in Fort Worth,” said T.D. Smyers, chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “9/11 shocked our nation, but it was a day we had to respond to because thousands of people all across the country needed us. Equipment like this Emergency Response Vehicle allows us to load supplies and volunteers and rush assistance whenever and wherever we’re needed. We sincerely thank the Leo Potishman Foundation for enhancing our response capabilities here in North Texas.”
David Nolet, Market Manager, Fort Worth, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, added, “On behalf of the Leo Potishman Foundation, we are proud to support the American Red Cross in North Texas in their efforts to help those in need during times of crisis. We know that this Emergency Response Vehicle will impact many lives in our community.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.