Josie's Press Vol. 2 Issue 2, March/April
This month's Josie's Press honors a fallen hero, San Bernardino County Sheriff Department's Detective Jeremiah MacKay. We also preview the museum opening and history of Norton Air Force Base. District Attorney Mike Ramos explains his effort to fight sex trafficking in San Bernardino County and Kaiser Permanente is recognized for donating to local health nonprofits.
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Just two miles from Force, it was renamed the San downtown San Bernardino at 1601 E. 3rd Bernardino Air Force Street is such a place—the Norton Air Force Base in 1948 and Base Museum (NAFBM). once again two years later to the Norton Air Force Base after Captain Beginning operation in 1941, Norton Air Force Base originally Leland Norton, a native to San Bernardino. Norton died in combat on his started as a Municipal Airport under the US Army Air Corps, 16th mission over Germany when his fighter plane was struck down. He forerunner to the US Air Force. In the summer leading up to Pearl was hailed for his bravery, fighting until the end. Harbor and in the midst of WWII, it became a training base to meet the needs of a 30,000 Pilot Training Program. In 1942 the airport Continued on page 3 D Remembering Detective MacKay, 5th District honors a fallen hero Detective Jeremiah MacKay was one of many men and women who proudly serve the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. His 15 years of service led him to be remembered as a hero. Detective MacKay spent hours volunteering for the mountainside search of an accused murderer and former Los Angeles police officer that fled to Big Bear in February. In search of the suspect, Detective MacKay and another officer were involved in a deadly firefight. One officer was severely wounded and is recovering; but Detective MacKay became the last one of four apparently killed by the ex-LAPD officer. During his memorial services on Feb. 21 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, close friends and colleagues described Detective MacKay as a funloving family man willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Detective MacKay was a lifelong resident of San Bernardino County. He was born in 1977 in San Bernardino and attended Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead. On his 21st birthday, he graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy and began his career as a Deputy. As a Deputy, he served in the Central Detention Center, the Twin Peaks and Central stations, and the Sheriff’s training facility. Detective MacKay was also responsible for the addition of the bagpipes to the Sheriff’s honor guard. He received five California Highway Patrol 10851 awards for his work in recovering stolen vehicles and three Commander’s Awards for Exceptional Service. Deputy Roger Loftis recalled his friend’s determination to capture the fugitive, reiterating that MacKay had told him he was going to “‘ ... find that guy.’ He did, and we’re all safer for it, but we paid a hell of a price.” “He had the courage, tenacity, and resolve to face anything,” said Sheriff John McMahon. “He remained because it was his duty to the citizens of San Bernardino County to stop an evil man.” The perseverance and valor he demonstrated as a member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be forever remembered and honored. Thank you Detective MacKay. 4 1 3 2 S erving as chair of the San of Bernardino County Board years two t pas the for rs iso Superv ging was a unique and challen ted with ep acc I t tha ity responsibil trust and immense gratitude. The agues placed confidence that my colle boldened em in me to lead the board the for r me to push even harde tore the res lp he reforms that would ty’s name. counThe first problem that we needed to address was to overcome the negative image that the county had in the eyes of the public. But I knew that even though I was chair of the board, I could not do the job alone—I needed my colleagues’ support. I also knew that I had to do what was in my power to help our county recover from the debilitating perception that corruption and divisiveness were entrenched in our reputation. We needed to run, not walk away from the corruption that tainted our identity as the Board of Supervisors. The first step in that direction was to refocus our efforts on good governance and to work towards implementing progressive and innovative changes. I wanted to ensure that the board was prepared to lead by example and that the center of attention was on a united board making impactful decisions, not melodramatic spectacles or personal political interests that are too often displayed in government. This principled reconfiguration of our board’s collective litics—led d on policy and not po conscience—one focuse time as my g rin ult decisions. Du us to make some diffic t were tha s orm ref uced multiple chair, the board introd to do. ng thi ht rig the s cause it wa rity, ultimately approved be eg ment of the board’s int In continuing the refine opt ad ly ve seen the board collecti cted the past tw o years have ele to ns it campaign contributio lize na ethics reforms that lim sio fes pro isors’ benefits, and s’ officials, reduce superv sor rvi pe Su of e cut the Board board staff positions. W throughout cost-saving measures d nte me ple im d an et dg bu nted with the se items was impleme the county. Each of the public trust. ing our foundation of intention of strengthen ed to our on, the people respond During last year’s electi nued nti co y declaring a vote for efforts by democraticall ty un co s 2012, the people of thi putting change. In November to d itte isors who are comm fully elected two new superv a ve ha w no e e their own. W r the county’s needs abov ou d uil reb to er ll work togeth engaged board that wi are going to our communities. If we rt po economy and sup wth we ion and progressive gro deliver the positive vis e decisionwe must act as a cohesiv desire for our county, making body. as a if it was passed down I cherish this county as the for — en be heirloom has now man family heirloom. That wo e on m fro d ’s history—passe ard bo s thi in e tim st fir an two years will demand to another. These next Supervisor , air ch w ne r ent from ou unwavering commitm sitive change e the momentum of po Rutherford, to continu tire county. for the benefit of the en lead the Chair Rutherford will I have every faith that er my off I , rpose. Madam Chair board with that very pu d this lea lp he n in continuing to support and participatio s. county to new horizon - 2 To see how future health care is being shaped by visit, www.kp.org/newscenter F SB$County$District$Attorney$Michael$Ramos$leads$the$fight$to$stop$human$trafficking.$ Continued from page 3 His picture hung on the Officers’ Club wall until the base’s closing. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Lockheed C-141 Starlifter serial number 66-0177 was housed and flew out of Norton AFB. In 1973, that specific aircraft became know as the Hanoi Taxi, returning American POWs, including former 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, to their homeland in the last days of the Vietnam War. Today, already established as a 501(c)3, the NAFBM is located within the Norton Regional Event Center. Military memorabilia that the museum has collected from donations sits in a room of approximately 1000 square feet. Outside sits a brick memorial in remembrance of the veterans and others who served at the Norton AFB. Memorial bricks can be purchased through donation. The museum has its own board of directors with the main goal to facilitate the common quest to preserve, honor and promote the history of the Norton AFB. “Our long-term success as a nonprofit museum will be dependent on the community and sponsors who will see the significance of reflecting just how the Norton Air Force Base contributed to the overall quality of life in the Inland Empire,” said Robert M. Edwards, President of the NAFBM Board of Directors. “The impact the military had on this greater community goes unmatched even today, 19 years later. It is these impacts, all that it entailed, is what the North AFB Board of Directors want to present and share.” The NAFB Museum will be opening Wednesday, March 13. The hours of operation for the museum will be on Thursdays and Saturdays 10–2 p.m. and is free of admission. If you would like to volunteer, have a story or any items pertaining to the Norton AFB you wish to donate, email or call (909) 382-7307. Memorial brick order forms can be found at www.nafbmuseum.org. --Concetta Miller 3 Vol. 2 Issue 2 March/April 2013 Upcoming Events 7th Annual ARMC Community 5K Walk/Run and Health & Fitness Expo 400 North Pepper Avenue, Colton Register free online at arrowheadmedcenter.org Greg Devereaux presents: Creating a Vision in Difficult Economic Times CSUSB, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino for Managers and Supervisors Employment Development Department 658 E. Brier Drive, Suite 100, San Bernardino Call (909) 797-4200 to RSVP 6th Annual Run/Walk (3K/5K) for Child Abuse and Violence Prevention Glen Helen Regional Park 2555 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino San Bernardino County April 10 @ 4:40 PM “State of the County 2013” Citizens Business Bank Arena 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario What is the best part of your job? What’s a day as sheriff like? My day generally starts at about 4:00 a.m. when I leave my house. I have a workout routine which I complete every day before my official workday begins at 7:30 a.m. My days are currently consumed with appointments with public officials, citizens, faith-based organization, and my staff. I take every opportunity to visit stations, divisions and jail facilities when my calendar allows, as the heart of this job is my interaction with those who serve and I lead. The day generally ends with a community event or department function. What makes you the best person for the job as Sheriff? Contact us at (909) 387-4565 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sbcounty.gov/gonzales In light of recent and past events, what concerns do you have with regard to firearm use? The misuse of firearms has been an issue for decades. We all have rights guaranteed by the Constitution we must balance. The State of California has some of the most restricting gun laws in the nation. The laws currently in place help, but we will never prevent all the horrible things people do. Our plan is to have a strong defense and the best way is through training and education. We conduct regular training exercises at school sites including all our partners. We also conduct security assessments at schools and public facilities throughout the County. Scan the code above and join us on Facebook! Visit www.sbcounty.gov/gonzales to read the rest of the Q&A with Sheriff McMahon! Outside of overall public safety, what goal and/or philosophy do you have in mind in meeting your duties as Sheriff? What is your favorite police vehicle to use? What is the coolest to use? My primary vehicle of choice is the Ford Crown Victoria. This vehicle has been the model patrol unit for over two decades. Ford discontinued production of the Crown Victoria in 2011 and we are on the hunt for a new patrol vehicle. Ford, Chevy and Dodge are all producing vehicles for police use but we have not completed our testing to make a decision. The Crown Victoria will be tough to replace. What do you like to do in your free time? My free time is somewhat limited but I take every opportunity to spend time with my wife, who without her support I wouldn’t be able to put in the hours I do. We like to spend time outdoors riding horses and working on our ranch and when I can, I enjoy backcountry-fishing trips. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I have spent the last twenty-eight years in law enforcement and I can truly say I look forward to coming to work every day. I would like to serve as the Sheriff of San Bernardino County for the next ten years and who knows – I may continue to work well past that. The one central constant is that we have an excellent organization and I hope to continue the fine tradition of service and raise the bar as have my predecessors. If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? ! I am a fan of country music and a big fan of George Strait’s music. The song “How ‘Bout Those Cowgirls” is at the top of my list.