On December 2, 2015 the world became acquainted with San Bernardino, California in a way that citizens do not want to be known. Two evil warped minded individuals decided to commit an act of terror on innocent people that they worked with just before the community was to begin celebrating the birthday of Christ and the nation’s holiday season. Before this incident San Bernardino had reached the nation’s attention by filing for bankruptcy and was known for its high poverty rate and high employment rate.
Even with that staring the citizens in the face we are bouncing back and standing strong with each other and a whole lot of help from our friends from around the world. The local citizens are helping each other and thanking our public safety employees who rushed into a building not knowing what was behind a closed door or around a corner or what was in bags left behind. They only knew that this is what they had been trained to do. As one sheriff deputy told a lady he was leading out of the building, “ I will take a bullet before you.”
Then you have emergency medical technicians administering first aid service to many victims without thinking of themselves or even wondering if the terrorists were gone from the area.
To all the first responders that responded to the crises we owe a large debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Then to the swift work of all neighboring cities: Rialto, Colton Fontana, Redlands, Loma Linda that came together like a unit of one the terrorists were put down without more casualties.
You could see the unity of all levels of government working as one for the people who were directly impacted and those who needed and wanted to know what was happening and what might be next. I said to myself this is what good government looks like, not egos but service to our fellow citizens in need.
Since then we have seen financial donations and an outpouring of affection, tolerance and giving to people of different colors and faith that truly reflect the meaning of the Christmas Season.
As we move into 2016 let us not forget this horrible act and try to put more love into our every day living here in our great city of San Bernardino, the place I call home.
Happy New Year