|This bright young man's journey with us began
as a volunteer with our local sponsor, Crimewatch, a project of my Law
Enforcement Technology Solutions nonprofit. His training included a
"sit-along" with the Sacramento Police Department's communications
center and in-field training with our Community Policing Neighborhood
Once exposed to Patriotwatch, Alfonso wanted to play a role
in our efforts there as well. He jumped right into our project with
Enterprise for our Wounded Warrior Workshop.
The employees at the 16th Street
branch of Enterprise Rent-a-Car are
have now begun a project where
unclaimed property is donated to our
Wounded Warrior Workshop. From there
items are redistributed to military
families, deserving veterans or
offered for sale to help support the
workshop and PDN, Inc.
PDN's Yasmin, Alfonso and branch
manager John Monaco
September 11, 2012
The Day Students Remembered
Responders, Military and Civilians lost.
General Hagan answers student's questions about
patriotism, service and duty.
Roseville Firefighter's reflections on the day that took
the lives of 343 firefighters and paramedics.
A Rocklin police officer remembers 23 NYPD
officers and 37 Port Authority police officers lost on 9-11
volunteer and trainee Alfonso Johnson explains the Patriot Defenders
Network's (PDN) Yellow Ribbon Project.
The children, parents and teachers write
messages of love and support on 4' x 8' banners to be sent to VA
The Moment of
Survivors from the Spence and the Hull
these events, "The Fonz" joined me in Las Vegas for the USS Hull
reunion where he met two survivors of Typhoon Cobra, the disaster
that took the lives of 790 sailors in World War II, including my
father. A month or so after his return to Sacramento, Alfonso
enlisted in the US Navy, was promoted to E2 after boot camp,
graduated from the
at Groton, CT. and now serves as a sonar operator.
Children were able to engage via two way
video with a true US Army American hero and a
recovering wounded warrior.
WHY THE CHILDREN MADE BANNERS &
They had an opportunity to see and and speak with Military
Times 2009 Soldier of the Year 1st Sergeant Peter Lara
First Sergeant Lara's
platoon survived a devastating and fierce fire fight through
his exemplary leadership, courage and tenacity. By the time
they redeployed from Iraq, his 42-man Infantry Stryker
Platoon had received 1 Distinguished Service Cross, 6 Silver
Stars, 7 Bronze Star with “V” for valor, 5 Army Commendation
Medals with V's and 16 Purple Hearts. In July 2007, First
Sergeant Lara reported to Basic Combat Training at Fort
Jackson South Carolina, to perform duties as First Sergeant
for Company C, 3-13th Infantry Regiment, 193rd Infantry
Brigade. Among his medals of Valor are the Silver Star,
Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Giving back to his fellow Wounded Warriors,
1Sgt. Lara assists us seeing that the children's banners are
sent to Wounded Warrior VA hospitals around the nation.