State & volunteer agencies step forward with help
ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Volunteers and state workers are now stepping up to help both Roswell’s first responders and the community as it deals with the aftermath of the shooting at Berrendo Middle School.
“Let’s make sure we stand by those families and those children,” New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said following the shooting.
As Martinez addressed the media Tuesday afternoon, it became very clear for many that the shooting is already having a lasting impact on the community of Roswell.
“I would ask, like the governor mentioned earlier, that across the nation that people pray for the city of Roswell and they pray for the victims,” said Roswell Mayor Del Jurney.
While some ask for prayers, help is also on the way for the hundreds of people affected, starting at the scene of the shooting.
“We’re ramping up our volunteers,” said Beverly Allen, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of New Mexico.
The Red Cross says volunteers from Roswell, Hobbs and Las Cruces delivered food and water to first responders at Berrendo Middle School Tuesday afternoon, as those investigators now comb through the scene. The Red Cross says it also has volunteers waiting to offer meal service into the night.
In addition to the help from Red Cross, other help is spanning into the community.
“It’s extremely important to have these types of services available in communities after this type of an event,” said Matt Kennicott, a spokesman for the New Mexico Human Services Department.
The department says its contracted partner, Turquoise Health and Wellness is also offering free counseling to the hundreds of parents, students and staff affected.
“Many times people can have delayed reactions to an event like this or immediate reactions as well,” said Kennicott.
The governor says the state’s Public Education Department and Children, Youth and Families Department in Roswell are also helping the community.
“They are helping to provide with any kind of counseling at any hour of the day or night,” said Martinez.
While the community heals, Martinez expressed confidence in Roswell’s ability to move forward.
“This community is a strong community they will pull together there is no doubt,” said Martinez.
Berrendo Middle School’s Superintendent Tom Burris also told the media Tuesday that extensive counseling with be available for students as well when they return to class Thursday.