There From the Beginning
Survivor Resources was among the first organizations to respond to the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007. We were at a family center in the first days. Three weeks later, we held the first weekly support group for the survivors. The group grew each week as the injured regained mobility and they continue today. We have worked with nearly 250 people who were on the bridge and/or their family members.
Survivor Resources hosted the meetings with the National Transportation Safety Board in October 2007. We expect to host another meeting when the final reports are concluded. In March, we held an informational meeting where the Incident Commanders for the Minneapolis Police, Minneapolis Fire and the Emergency Medical personnel presented information and answered questions for the survivors and the families of those who lost their lives on the bridge. Survivor Resources assisted with planning the events and supporting those affected by the bridge collapse at the one year anniversary.
We were also involved in hosting meetings for the purpose of developing a memorial for the bridge. The families of those who lost their lives and the survivors were able to express what they want the memorial to mean for them and what they want it to mean for others who visit the memorial in the future. That information was presented to Tom Oslund of Oslund and Associates who designed the memorial. The Memorial Garden was built at Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis. More information on the memorial can be found 35WRemberanceGarden.org.
Other Bridge Collapse Information
A painting was done by Marni Tobin to commemorate the bridge collapse and remember the thirteen lives that were lost. The original painting is being auctioned at the 2009 Megan Fischer Auction to benefit Survivor Resources.
More information about the painting titled “13 Flowers”, may be found at oilandwaters.com. Proceeds from selling prints of the painting will go the MN Helps Fund to assist those whose lives were changed by the bridge collapse.
The Star Tribune has created an intriguing memorial identifying individuals on the bridge during the time of the collapse. A living document, the site carries audio, pictures, and video from the day of the collapse and stories of the survivors. Thirteen_Seconds_In_August .