Raising Help for Those Who Rescue

By Matt Porter

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM EDT

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Michele Loughren was part of a crew of rescue workers from Cortland who went to New York City after September 11, 2001.

She remembers many of the firefighters she met, including a team that did not make it out.

"The firehouse that I'm close with is Engine 40 Ladder 35. They lost their whole shift during 9/11," said Loughren, ""The last documented visual or talking from them was going into the south tower."

Today, she's retired dealing with post traumatic stress from her 9/11 experience.

"They are like my family, to say the least. I suffer from a lot of stuff from 9/11 myself, as well as they do. And they basically have been my savior," she said.

Now, after Hurricane Sandy has devastated the homes of so many New York rescue workers, she's looking to repay the favor.

She's asking anyone who passes her house on Route 12 to stop by and donate something from clean clothes to non perishable foods.

She's trying to fill up what used to be her mom's old antique store next to her log cabin home.

"My dream scenario would be that this would be packed to the roof," said Loughren, "With clothing, warm blankets, toiletries, Clorox."

She's coordinating with the Norwich Fire Department who will bring her down with the supplies.

Despite hard memories, she wants to make the trip personally.

"You know what, I'm going to see family, so, my extended family, my brotherhood family," she said, "So I think we'll be okay."

If you want to help Loughren by donating supplies or volunteering to help sort donations, you can call her at 607-843-7572 or email her at 459mloughren@gmail.com.

The drop off location is at her log cabin home on 3949 State Highway Route 12 in Oxford.