RICHLAND, Wash. - There are still lots of questions after one of the worst school shootings in American history. Many of us are wondering what we can do to help the families in the small community on the other side of the country. But for one Richland man, it was just a matter of getting in the car and taking a short drive.
Richland resident David Foster was on a business trip in Connecticut when he heard the news that shocked the nation, a shooting at an elementary school that took the lives of 20 children and six adults. Foster jumped in the car, and drove 40 minutes to Newtown, to help comfort the community in need.
"When I got to town, I parked, and just started walking and just seeing all the shocked faces," Foster said.
When the Red Cross arrived, Foster signed up to hand out food, water and blankets to the first responders. One of those first men on the scene to help others, was also a father of two students at the elementary school.
"His kids were OK, but he was asked to go to the site and determine which people were alive and which weren't," Foster said.
Foster also spent time at another nearby elementary school, a place that was offering counseling to families.
"Friday, there wasn't a lot of families there, families were looking for hope or answers elsewhere. It wasn't until Saturday morning that families started coming in for counseling knowing there was no hope only pain," he said.
Foster says the pain that is being felt by the small community, is being felt around the nation. He adds he will take comfort in knowing he made a difference on a day that changed so many lives forever.
"The lasting memory that I will have is how much it meant to those people in that community, that someone in Washington state came, and helped immediately," Foster said.