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Denise Tyrrell: Metrolink spokeswoman gets support on the Web

September 16, 2008 |  2:49 pm

Denise Tyrrell

There's been a flurry of support around the web for Denise Tyrrell, who resigned as Metrolink spokeswoman after being criticized for announcing that her agency appeared to be at fault in the Chatsworth train crash. On a Yahoo! Answers forum titled "Do you admire Denise Tyrrell for speaking up about the Metrolink crash in Los Angeles last Friday?" several posters have kind words for the spokeswoman. The Times' Sandy Banks does too:

I'm not prepared to call Tyrrell a hero. She struck a blow for decency. But the heroes are the rescue workers, the local residents who rallied to help, the hospital teams who treated the wounded. And she doesn't want us to consider her a victim. "Those people on that train and their families are the victims," Tyrrell told me in an e-mail Monday night. "I'm going through stress. They are going through tragedy." She was our first link to that tragedy. And her tears confirmed for me our shared humanity.

MetroRider L.A.'s take:

But I think she did the right thing here. As she stated in the statement (which for whatever reason I can’t find online), Metrolink is a family. I’ve talked to Board members, staff, and passengers, and there is a unique bond between the passengers and the staff, which has survived previous incidents, annual fare increases, and other issues. And sometimes, you have to face up to the reality of what happened, and try to start the healing process. The odds of the story changing are very slim, probably slimmer than the chance of the collision happening in the first place.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times