SACRAMENTO – Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement as we mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks:
“Fifteen years ago, we woke up to a nightmare. Terrorists attacked U.S. soil and left a trail of devastation -- including the deaths of nearly 3,000 people.
“The terrorist attacks shook the United States while also hitting home for me in Kern County.
“At the time, I was superintendent of one of the largest K-8 school districts in California. Once I heard about the horrific attacks, I was stunned.
“My mind was consumed with thoughts about my 30,000 students and their safety. What if there were similar attacks nearby? I flew into action and started my safety plan for my students and staff. But even in the busyness, my heart ached for the brave first responders risking their lives and the victims of those impacted by the acts of terrorism.
“As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of September 11th, we continue to pray for those whose lives were lost and for their families.
“We will never forget where we were on that day: the horrific images of the World Trade Center and Pentagon, first responders’ sacrifices, people searching for loved ones, and the bravery of passengers on United Airlines Flight 93.
“America will continue to honor the sacrifices of our heroes, continue to heal, and continue to fight for our freedom and safety.
“We ask God to guide our nation in our continuing fight against terrorism and to protect the military men and women, law enforcement officers, and first responders who serve as our vanguards in defending our country.”