Sent December 2, 2015
On December 2, our community changed forever. During this time of year that is supposed to be filled with joy we find ourselves simultaneously grieving for those lost, praying for loved ones and the injured, while coming to grips with the fact that the threat of terrorism is now a reality here at home. Yet through it all, the people of our region have demonstrated tremendous resiliency as we begin to heal and rebuild.
We owe so much to our brave and vigilant law enforcement, especially San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan and his force, for guiding us through this time. Chief Burguan represented calm and resolve at each press briefing as we learned about the terrorists and the dangers that remained.
I also want to thank the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and his officers, Chief Mark Garcia and the Redlands Police Department as well as the hundreds of first responders and medical staff who saved so many lives.
Over the last weeks we have heard stories of heroism, San Bernardino County sheriff detective Jorge Lozano who assured escaping employees that “I’ll take a bullet before you do” as he led them to safety. Shannon Johnson, who lost his life while shielding a co-worker from the bullets, telling her, “I’ve got you.”
While we may want to forget the moments of fear, we cannot and will not forget the courage and sacrifice shown by many on that day. May our thoughts and prayers be with the families and loved ones who mourn for those we lost as well as with the injured who continue their recovery.
Let us take time to reflect as we mark another Christmas and usher in a New Year.