My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund Inc, Watertown, MA, USA
I am a member of the FDNY and was a first responder to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Shortly thereafter I was promoted to Captain and was assigned to a firehouse very close to Ground Zero. This company lost four members operating in the North Tower. In the weeks and months following the attacks the members of this company and I spent many long and hours in the recovery effort at the site. We did this while responding to our usual calls for fires and emergencies. This heavy workload took a heavy emotional toll on us all. Offers of help poured in from many quarters. The one which stood out most for us was a visit from Jessica Locke. Jessica is a practitioner of the Alexander Technique. She explained the basics of this method and gently insisted each of us submit to a session. The calming, soothing effects could be felt before a first session was even completed. I personally felt less stressed and began to sleep better almost immediately. I would recommend this unique treatment to anyone experiencing the effects of stressful, demanding circumstances. Jessica adopted our firehouse, and at her own expense repeatedly travelled to NYC to provide Alexander sessions for us. Her concern for our welfare continues to this day. She still returns to NYC to provide this work for our members. Jessica is a dedicated, compassionate professional. The benefits of her work with us have been immeasurable. With the help of people like Jessica we have all come a long way in the process of recovery and healing from the traumatic experiences of 9/11. James Fody Battalion Chief FDNY
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