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Mueller shooting survivors learning how they can receive money from Albertville Survivors' Fund

The funds are not only for those who were physically injured in the shooting.

Posted: Oct 19, 2021 9:28 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2021 5:19 PM

Survivors of the workplace shooting in Albertville have learned more about how they can receive money from the $260,000 Albertville Survivors' Fund.

Steering committee leaders for the fund met Tuesday night at Snead State Community College to discuss the draft protocol they created. It basically explains who is eligible to receive money from the funds, since it is not only for those who were physically injured in the shooting.

"The effects of something like this touch so many people," Joe Whitmore said.

Whitmore is not only the president of Snead State Community College, he's also the chairman of the Albertville Survivors' Fund committee.

"We try to set the protocols for how the money that was raised from this tragedy will be distributed," Whitmore said.

Community members had an opportunity to learn more about who can receive money from the fund in a public town hall meeting Tuesday.

"One hundred percent of this money is going to go directly to the people impacted by this event," said Jeffrey Dion, executive director for the nonprofit that established the Albertville Survivors' Fund.

Dion said there are three categories of recipients: families of those who died in the shooting, people who were injured and employees suffering from psychological trauma, which is the largest category.

"We recognize that for people that were there, who witnessed this and lived through it, that they're impacted by it," Dion said.

Countless employees are still affected by this tragic event, which many thought would never happen in their small town.

"You think that this kind of violence couldn't take place around here," Whitmore said. "But as we're reminded every day, no one is immune to this. It could happen anywhere at anytime."

The town hall had a small turnout, and that could be because not many Mueller employees know about the fund. Committee leaders are hoping word will spread from the town hall and encourage everyone eligible to apply here.

The Albertville Survivors' Fund is accepting donations through Nov. 15 and plan on delivering the money to recipients by the end of the year.

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