'Feeling helpless': North Shore man offers up service dog to Highland Park parade shooting survivors

7 Highland Park shooting victims killed, dozens injured

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Grief counselors and other resources are available for those who were there when 6 people were killed and dozens injured in Highland Park.

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- One North Shore man is offering his time and effort to heal a community, left broken.

"I was feeling, what could I do? And how could I help? Obviously, in a situation that is horrendous and hasn't happened in the North Shore probably in 30 or 40 years," Doug Roth said.

Roth came to Highland Park High School Tuesday morning with his 6-year-old service dog, Jasper.

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He said he's just a man from the North Shore, doing what he can to mend the hearts of others.

"Feeling helpless, I knew that we have two service dogs. We are handlers for service dogs, and I felt that they could be of use," Roth said.

Zachary Katznelson, 17, was glad to see Jasper after facing such tragedy and carnage 24 hours ago.

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He was in the band, part of the holiday parade that went down Central Avenue.

"I was in the front, and a few minutes before the shooting happened, I was right where it was. I just feel so lucky. I have some of that luck guilt that it could've been me. It could've been any of us in the band," Katznelson said.

He came to his high school Tuesday, where he spoke with grief counselors -- ready and available to help those impacted by Monday's tragedy move forward.

"Definitely beneficial! The therapist gave us strategies such as thinking of that place where we feel at our center, or being happy. That was the biggest thing I took away from it," Katznelson said.

Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for Lake County to assist in recovery efforts following Monday's shooting. A disaster proclamation grants the state of Illinois the ability to expedite the use of state resources, personnel or equipment to help affected communities recover.

Lake County is the only county included in the disaster proclamation, which is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 30 days.

Highland Park announced Tuesday afternoon it was canceling some upcoming community events in light of the shooting, including Food Truck Thursdays (July 7 and 14), Takeout Tuesday at The Lot (July 12) and World Music Fest at The Lot (July 16).