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"The Fonz"
Alfonso Johnson
 

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 Patrols.

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 exceptional people.

We 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
Police, First 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

Crimewatch 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 hospitals

 

Next up was volunteering for a project with the Old Navy store on Howe Avenue in Sacramento. The mission was to provide warm clothing for our military families. Alfonso was first to pledge time where Old Navy customers donated outerwear to the cause.

 

The Moment of Truth

Survivors from the Spence and the Hull

Soon after 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 US Naval Submarine School 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 &
YELLOW RIBBONS.

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.