John C. Scott Show
J.C. Scott: Tucson remembers Jan. 8
Today on the Jan. 8, 2013 edition of the John C. Scott Show we look back at the events of Jan. 8, 2013. Our show originates from the Pima Co. Attorney's Victim Services Division. Today's guest's share stories of their experience that faithful morning. We thank Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall for inviting us to be a part of the healing process.
First Half Guests 3-4 p.m.
Kent Burbank has served as the Director of the Victim Services Division since 2007. He oversees a staff of 28 employees and more than 120 volunteers. The Victim Services Division serves nearly 9,000 crime victims per year. Kent is Vice Chair of the Arizona Coalition for Victim Services (ACVS). Kent has worked for more than two decades in the field of social and human services, working in various agencies in addressing issues affecting minority communities, people with disabilities, and refugees. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Kent helped coordinated the victim advocacy services at the Safeway on January 8, 2011.
Vanessa Helms has been with the Victim Services Division for over eight years and has held a variety of supervisory and administrative positions within the division including volunteer coordinator, office supervisor and manager of the satellite offices. Vanessa was recently promoted to the position of Coordinator of the Victim Compensation Program. Vanessa has over 12 years of total experience working with diverse, at risk populations in the human services field. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her Master’s in counseling from the University of Phoenix. Vanessa coordinated victim services at University Medical Center on January 8, 2011.
Mark Kimble began volunteering with the Victim Services Division in 1990 after the kidnapping and murder of Vicki Lynne Hoskinson in 1984. At that time, Mark was working as a reporter at the Tucson Citizen. While he was following the tragic story, he grew close to Vicki Lynne’s mother and sister which is where he heard about the Program. Mark began volunteering in honor of Vicki Lynne and the Hoskinson family. Mark worked at the Tucson Citizen for over 30 years, including a long stint as Editorial Page Editor. Since 2009, he has worked for Congresswoman Giffords and now Congressman Barber. He was working at the Congress on Your Corner event on January 8, 2011.
Shelly Gibbons has been a volunteer with the Victim Services Division since 2006. As a member of the mobile crisis unit she provides immediate victim services during the week, at night and on weekends. Whatever time of day and regardless of the type of crime, Shelly is there to skillfully provide victims with emotional support and coping skills at the time of the crime. Shelly is a former elementary school teacher and since 2000 has served as Vice President of Quik Mart stores in Tucson. Shelly has worked closely with Mark Kimble as a Victim Services volunteer and responded to the Safeway on January 8, 2011.
Bill Carnegie, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Food Bank has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB). He will serve a one year term.
The Arizona Association of Food Banks was established in 1984. The Association is a support organization serving its six member regional food bank warehouses and a network of more than 1,250 food pantries and agencies in Arizona. Members distribute an average of 10 million pounds of food per month to low-income Arizonans. The association is committed to delivering food and quality services to food banks and to fostering relationships in support of the commitment to eliminate hunger.
Mr. Carnegie served as a finance officer in the United States Coast Guard for twenty years prior to beginning his career in food banking. His first assignment was as Director of Operations for the Second Harvest Gleaners Food Bank in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then as President and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. He acted as a member of America’s Second Harvest Disaster Response Team during the Katrina and Rita hurricane relief efforts in 2005. Mr. Carnegie joined the Community Food Bank in January 2006.
Second Half Guests 4-5 p.m.
Jim and Doris Tucker-
Jim and Doris Tucker have lived in Tucson for 28 years. Jim is a life safety engineer with Raytheon Missile Systems; he was critically wounded on January 8, 2011. Doris retired from the U of A after serving 22 years in the astronomy department. Jim and Doris were the couple talking to then-Congresswoman Giffords when the shooter opened fire.
Mary Reed and Tom McMahon-
Mary Reed and Tom McMahon took their daughter Emma to the meet-and-greet for a quick photo to commemorate her work. When the shooting started, Mary didn't know what the sound was but instinctively shielded her daughter with her own body. She was shot three times but never stopped protecting her daughter. She considers herself lucky that her wounds didn't hit major organs, bones or veins and that her family was safe.
Raised in St. Louis. She moved to Tucson in 1983 with her husband and started a heating and cooling business. Pat effectively grabbed the extra magazine from the shooters pocket as several men pounced on him and threw him to ground. As they struggled to hold him down, Maisch joined the scrum on the ground, clinging to the gunman's ankles. Pat was the last in line to speak to the congresswoman.
Suzie Hileman was at Rep. Giffords' constituent event in Tucson when bullets started flying. She was hit three times but the bullets missed her internal organs, sparing her life. She took Christina Taylor-Green to the event.