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He has the experience of responding to emergency having served during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.
“All officers of The Salvation Army can be called upon to respond when there are disasters or emergencies. Salvation Army supports wherever there is crisis or need,” Leo said. “In this particular case the need for bilingual officers to assist the people of Puerto Rico was necessary.”
Leo said support is still needed and donations are crucial to keep moving forward with relief efforts. Fundraising efforts have been successful with a GoFundMe page raising more than $1 million in 24 hours.
“We think everyone is trying to respond, but the magnitude is vast,” he said.
The Sanclementes have served within the ranks of The Salvation Army for almost 25 years in New Jersey, Southern New England, Massachusetts and Eastern Pennsylvania.