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Opinion: On anniversary, 9/11 volunteer revisits the tragedy — and humanity

by Francine Toder

I left Palo Alto for New York City, my birthplace, as soon as I could get my Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer documents in order, just two weeks after the attack in lower Manhattan.

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Francine Toder, Ph.D., is a local psychologist, writer, author of four books and emeritus faculty at CSU Sacramento. She can be emailed at [email protected]


Posted by Grateful
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 8, 2021 at 11:42 am

Grateful is a registered user.

Thank you for sharing your experience about the aftermath of 9/11 at Ground Zero and for selflessly volunteering your time to help those in need. You are a true patriot with a heart of gold.

Posted by B
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 10, 2021 at 7:15 pm

B is a registered user.

With pain in my heart I read and reread what you have written about 9/11 and more. That you showed up, fully, in a timely, kind, informed, and honest way is a gift to everyone you touched and to those of us who get to see a speck of what you saw. Thank you for what you did then. Thank you for helping each of us, to remember, to show up in our lives, and in the lives of people around us. Thank you.

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