Within the past week our community was shaken by the WDBJ 7 on-air shootings resulting in the death of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Vickie Gardner is the sole survivor of the attack. PHR clinician’s and staff would like our community to know we stand in solidarity with you. The event of the past week has left feelings of confusion, anger, and fear in many of us.
Two of our PHR clinician’s, Dr. Bruce Sellars and Dorene Fick, had the opportunity to work with part of the media community affected by this tragedy. PHR often provides crisis response services in the wake of communal tragedy. PHR had a strong presence after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. It is our honor and privilege to have the opportunity to provide support to our community.
We will not forget Alison and Adam. From what we’ve learned about them, they were people full of compassion and life. As we move forward, it is our duty to rebuild a sense of safety in our community together. Just as PHR stood with Virginia Tech, we stand with WDBJ7.