WEST LIBERTY – Jamie Shaffner of West Liberty is mounting a patriotic campaign to rescue a draft horse named “Hero’s Resilience.”
Shaffner worked as a disaster specialist for the Red Cross and was one of the Ohioans sent to the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. He is a member of 1st Buckeye Iron Horse Battalion and is seeking sponsors to help purchase a former death row draft rescue horse for The 9/11 Horse Program – a program created to pay respects to the events of 9/11.
Two winners were chosen in a contest to name the horse, who was nameless for his first 17 years. The winners are New York Detective Julia Barbuto and John Feal, president of Fealgood Foundation, NYC. His name, Hero’s Resilience, pays tribute to the 9/11 events.
Hero is 19 hands tall and 2,200 pounds. He will be trained as an honor horse and his new mission will be to participate in 9/11 memorial events and in funerals of first responders and veterans. He will be present during future 9/11 Freedom Grove ceremonies in Urbana, and at other events.
Currently, Hero is at an eastern Ohio horse farm awaiting the funds for purchasing and transportation to a private horse farm outside West Liberty. Shaffner also needs a draft horse trailer to bring him home and to provide transportation to 9/11 events.
To help sponsor Hero’s Resilience to his new home, the account is www.gofundme.com/azvv7w or for more information e-mail Shaffner at [email protected]
Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper from the West Liberty area.