Tell Sheil has been a a Red Cross volunteer for nearly 50 years. In that time she has helped countless people as a registered nurse and health services volunteer and as a disaster mental health volunteer.
Of all her time with the Red Cross, responding to 9/11 stands out most prominently. Tess calls both Illinois and New York home and was working in a school in New York the day the Twin Towers were hit. She recalls the day in the video below.
In the years that followed, Tess has carefully preserved items from that response and reflects on them often.
Tess has kept this poster for 20 years; a memento of the morale that pulsed through the city as people banded together.
A pin to commemorate the date.
A certificate of appreciation from the American Red cross for her work serving on that day.
Magnets and regular cards from the Health Registry Staff