Community Seeks Help After Air Races Tragedy

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Reno, NV - In the wake of that devastating Air Races crash, so many people in our community are feeling helpless. Many are feeling a need to do something, but don’t know what. But there are resources out there.

“I have a need to cry and I haven’t cried. And I know that there is something sitting on my shoulders that has to be resolved,” says Mimi Violin. The Reno woman came to United Blood Services on Tuesday to give blood for the first time in her life. She is still shaken up over what happened on Friday at the Air Races.

“I have goose pimples just talking to you about it,” she says. “I was at the races and I literally left minutes before the accident. And I have been feeling a need to do something. And to rid myself of this need to do something.”

Giving blood, she hopes, will help. But she admits it’s going to take much more to feel stable again. And she’s not alone.
Crisis counselors are fielding calls from so many people here and across the country who need help coping – or just need to talk to someone. The Crisis Call Center has been so busy, even paid staff has been coming in to volunteer, because they know they’re needed.

“It’s really tough but people should know that they’re not the only ones out there feeling that way,” says Gabrielle Totton, who runs the Trauma Intervention Program of Northern Nevada. Her volunteers have been in action since day one.

“I basically sent out a text message saying there’s a plane down at the Air Races. I need as many people as I can get. And within ten minutes, I had seventeen people rounded up and on their way over to the air races or over to Reno PD to decide where we went from there,” says Totton.

And there will be a place to pay tribute. The Arboretum at Idlewild Park is where a public memorial will take place to honor the victims on Sunday at 6pm.

Mimi Violin says she will be there to show her respects to the family members of the victims. The message she wishes she could tell them: “My heart is with you and I wish I could do some thing to make it better,” she says.

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