By Lt. Jackie Fernandez, PIO/Administrative Assistant

California State Prison, Los Angeles County

Residents  from across the Antelope Valley, including California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) staff, gathered in front of the Antelope Valley Fallen Heroes Memorial on Sept. 11 to pay tribute to the first responders who sacrificed their lives to help others during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The event marked the 12th anniversary of the attacks on our country.

California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) Investigative Services Unit Officer Gregg Johnson was part of the presentation of colors by a multi-agency color guard.

Law enforcement helicopters flew over the ceremony as a bagpiper representing the U.S. Forest Service played Amazing Grace.  The ceremony included the ringing of the bell to remember and honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony also honored Antelope Valley’s fallen heroes.  LAC Warden John Soto and several high-ranking members of local law enforcement and first responders were on hand to address the community.

The Fallen Heroes Memorial, honoring “Line of Duty Death,” was originated by the AV Woman’s Club and the Palmdale and Lancaster Sheriff’s Department Booster Groups.

The Memorial honors members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Angeles National Forest Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, and CDCR, who have served in the Antelope Valley and gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The assembled paused to remember the men and woman of the Antelope Valley who lost their lives in the line of duty.

LAC color guard

A combined color guard presents the flag at the Antelope Valley Fallen Heroes Memorial.

Warden J. Soto

LAC Warden John Soto speaks at the Fallen Heroes ceremony.