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Counseling Sessions Held For Friends, Family Of Killed Valley Village Good Samaritans

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Crisis counseling sessions were held Saturday following a tragic car crash that led to the deaths of two women, described as Good Samaritans.

The Wednesday evening crash took place in the 1200 block of Magnolia Boulevard at Ben Avenue near Laurel Canyon.

Police say a sport utility vehicle hit a power pole and fire hydrant which electrified a pool of water. Two women were electrocuted when they came to aid the 19-year-old driver.

The victims were identified as Stacey Schreiber, 39, and 40-year-old Irma Zamora. Six others were also injured trying to help.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Mental Health Emergency Response Team and the mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) were on hand to offer counseling services for the victims, family members, witnesses, first responders and firefighters.

CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Greg Mills was there for the emotional sessions.

Irma Cabrera, Zamora’s mother, told Mills, “I know the pain is not going to go away. Maybe it will never go away. She is still alive…in my heart.”

Zamora’s family has been devastated by her death but told Mills they were nor surprised that she died trying to help someone. Her sister, Anna Avilas said, “I am so proud of her.”

A psychologist for the fire department told Mills that these kind of sessions are rare but they have been held before. Only the Zamora family and one witness took part.

Zamora’s son got some solace from the large gathering. “Everyone is here honoring my mom. And it makes me so happy to see that.”

Zamora’s husband personally thanked all the firefighters who responded to the call.

The services were held beginning at 1 p.m at Fire Station 60 at 5320 Tujunga Avenue.

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