We all remember where we were that sunny September morning 20 years ago.
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the bravery of the passengers on United Flight 93 above western Pennsylvania, are etched in our collective memory. Nearly a generation has passed, yet the loss of nearly 3,000 souls that day is not forgotten. We can never forget.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) joins with all of you in remembering them again, remembering them still. We remember ordinary people who became heroes. We remember all the helpers, the first responders and those who simply pitched in wherever they could.
In our common humanity, we came together, extending a hand to strangers and friends alike.
Helper Leslie Parker of LVHN
One of those helpers was Leslie Parker of Macungie, now a patient services representative with LVHN. On Sept. 11, 2001, she was living in Scranton and like so many of us, watched the day’s events on TV. In the weeks that followed, she contacted aid agencies only to learn they had enough donations.
“I had to do something, anything,” said Parker, who volunteered at her local SPCA.
Her love of dogs and a sister who worked with search and rescue dogs with the Federal Emergency Management Agency led to an idea. According to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, more than 300 dogs took part in search, rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. The last living person rescued from Ground Zero, 27 hours after the attacks, was found by a search and rescue dog. Parker wanted to help the canine heroes.
She and her friends set up a tent on her street to collect pet care cream to treat burns and dry and cracked paw pads. She also made paw coverings from any kind of leathery material she could find.