At a special 9/11 remembrance ceremony, Katcho Achadjian, of California’s 35th Assembly District, visited Allan Hancock College’s Public Safety Training Complex (PSTC) and presented a flag and plaque to the college.
“Allan Hancock’s Public Safety Academy’s reputation is outstanding and I am happy to see so many dedicated recruits!” said Achadjian. “It is fitting that we raise this American flag, which has flown over our state capitol in Sacramento, to show our support for the victims of 9/11, as well as respect for our great nation.”
Approximately 115 students in the four public safety academies housed at the PSTC (fire, law enforcement, CORE custody and emergency medical services) marched in a ceremonial drill and procession.
“We normally hold this ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on September 11 — the actual day and the actual time that corresponds with the events of 2001,” said Kevin Walthers, superintendent/president of Allan Hancock College. “This year, however, September 11 falls on a Sunday. So we offer our remembrance today – allowing all four public safety academies to be present.”
Walthers also expressed his gratitude for Achadjian’s presence at the ceremony.
“Throughout his three terms, we couldn’t have a better friend in Sacramento than Katcho Achadjian has been to us,” said Walthers. “We are honored to have him here and accept this flag from the state capitol.”
The flag presented by Achadjian was raised and temporarily hung at half-staff by one squad of Hancock’s Law Enforcement Academy.
After the flag raising, Doug Dickson, interim director of fire, safety, and EMS education, gave special tribute remarks and addressed the public safety recruits directly.
“When I look at each of you, I hope that none of you will ever be called to pay that ultimate sacrifice,” Dickson said “I hope that you have great success and a long career, but we must never forget what happened on that profound day.”
Since the PSTC first opened in 2014, the college has held a memorial ceremony every year to honor the 9/11 heroes, first responders and victims.
“Our first responders are often asked to put their own lives in danger to protect, serve, and provide care in times of emergency,” said Dickson. “It is fitting that we hold this ceremony every year at the Public Safety Training Complex.”
More information on Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex and public safety programs and academies can be found at www.hancockcollege.edu/pstc.