The Salvation Army responded swiftly on September 16 to news of the tragic
shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. National Capital Area Commander Major
Lewis Reckline oversaw deployment of Emergency Disaster Services equipment and
personnel to Southeast DC. The team of Corps officers brought food, hydration
and prayers of support for the first responders involved in Monday’s crisis.
Lieutenants Michael and Malaika Goode performed the initial relief work
arriving at approximately 12:00pm with The Salvation Army FedEx Canteen. The
mobile feeding unit was positioned just outside the Navy Yard complex, very near
to where the tragedy occurred. Then, for the next nine hours, teams provided
emergency relief to the brave members of local, federal and military law
enforcement. All of the men and women faced the overwhelming job of
investigating the mass shooting that took place shortly after 8:00 a.m. that
Within the first few hours of service, hundreds of bagged lunches consisting
of ham or turkey sandwiches, chips and a snack were served. As evening
approached, The Salvation Army’s EDS team transitioned to dinner service.
Lieutenants Good were joined by Captains Vicki Lesesne and Herb Frazier, along
with his daughter Kennedi. Throughout the duration of the night, hot soup,
water, beverages, and snacks were served to weary investigators.
The DC Office of Emergency Management incident team requested food service
inside the base. Capt. Frazier and his daughter brought much needed nutrition
and hydration to many hungry responders. The two served 132 hot meals, 300
drinks and 300 snacks to those on base as dinner service from the canteen
continued outside the gate.
In total, The Salvation Army served the following:
- 200 bagged lunches
- 250 bowls of soup
- 600 bottles of water/beverages
- 600 snacks
All of the first responders displayed an overwhelming sense of relief for
The Salvation Army being on the scene. Though most of them appeared mentally
exhausted from going non-stop since early in the morning, every person we served
took a moment to say thank you.
Late in the evening, The Salvation Army concluded its emergency service
connected with the incident at the Washington Navy Yard.