Red Cross volunteer meets family shed helped in crisis

first_imgPORTLAND — Thanks to a mostly anonymous voice on the phone, Joyce Corier’s son, a deployed sailor, returned home in time to spend a final five hours with his father. At a chance meeting about seven months later, Joyce met the woman who helped make it happen.Thanks to a bit of luck, Joyce met Red Cross volunteer Julie Burger in March. In June 2015, Joyce’s daughter and son-in-law came upon a motorcyclist who’d crashed and fallen into a ravine the day before. Joyce was invited to join a Red Cross event in March to honor her daughter and son-in-law and other local heroes and life-savers.Joyce, who’s from Vancouver, and her party sat with Julie’s, and they got to talking. Julie, who’s also from Vancouver and has been volunteering with the Red Cross for 50 years, explained one of her primary jobs is helping families communicate with service members during emergencies stateside.That voice on the phone, Joyce found, had been Burger’s.“And so we both cried and hugged, and I told her how much I appreciated her help, because my son got home five hours before his dad passed away,” Joyce said. “Had it not been for the Red Cross getting involved, he wouldn’t have been home.”Joyce’s husband, Dan, had been in palliative care with a severe heart condition for a few weeks when, around August 2015, it became clear he was running out of time.last_img read more