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"You can't put a price on someone's life," says Lashanna Walker from M&T Bank. "So if it's as little as making sure they have smoke detectors, and for free, that time invested is absolutely priceless."
Every Western New Yorker remembers where they were when they heard the news the evening of February 12, 2009.
"I was coming back from officiating a St. Bonaventure basketball game in Olean, and I remember telling my referee partner the evening felt especially gloomy," said Regional Disaster Officer, Ken Turner, of the night Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence, NY. "When I heard there had been a plane crash, I immediately called Tara Hughes, and she told me she was expecting my call."
Tara Hughes is the American Red Cross, Northeast Division Disaster Mental Health Advisor. She knew it would be her job to work with airline and emergency officials to set up a Family Assistance Center: a safe, private place for families of the 50 people who lost their lives in the crash to gather for information and support.