EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


October 24, 2012

TIP celebrates two decades of unheralded heroes

Fire chief pays tribute to trauma intervention volunteers


In 1993, Landry responded to an Eagle-Tribune ad run by Jane Thompson of Methuen, who was interested in launching what would become the first TIP chapter on the East Coast.

Landry went to California to learn about the successful program which originated in that state back in 1985.

“TIP has helped over 19,000 child and adult citizens in distress — including first responders — in the past two decades,” Landry said in an interview about her group.

At the TIP banquet, she praised the volunteers for “their innate gift of compassion.”

“They are 19 men and woman from the community who want to make a difference in the lives of others experiencing their own uphill battle in the form of a traumatic event,” Landry said.

“Our TIP volunteers are the program. They get out of bed at all hours of the night, come to monthly meetings and choose to miss out on holiday dinners to help strangers,” she said.

TIP has been a relentless mission for Landry, whose commitment to the cause was tempered by a series of personal tragedies and trauma. Her parents divorced at age 9. The emotional pain deepened when she was 17, as her father died of a heart attack. Four years later, she became a registered nurse.

A need to say ‘good-bye’

Landry’s inability to say “good-bye” to her dad after his death was a deep hurt that lingered over the years. TIP became a vehicle that helped her heal by providing that opportunity for trauma victims in the Valley.

Soon after he first met Landry and became acquainted with the new TIP program, Chief Buote witnessed how a final “good-bye” could bring comfort to a middle-aged Methuen woman who came to her elderly mother’s home for a visit only to find her dead on the bedroom floor.

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