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Dodgers meet with police, families from San Bernardino terror attack

first_img• Photos: The Dodgers Love L.A. Tour travels to San BernardinoNewly anointed Rialto Police Chief Randy De Anda got his baseball signed by Garvey. De Anda said he has been a Dodgers fan “since birth.”“It’s an awesome feeling to be here to support all the victims that were involved in the Dec. 2 terrorist attack and obviously law enforcement’s hearts and our compassion go out to the families, friends and all of the victims that were involved in it,” De Anda said. “Now we have to regroup from this and continue to always prepare for these types of events, but always keep it in mind the compassion toward our community and all of the victims.”The event was part of the Dodgers weeklong community tour — Dodgers Love L.A. — designed to show appreciation to the team’s fans, said Naomi Rodriguez, the Dodgers’ senior director of external affairs.“When we looked at the areas where we wanted to go to and who we wanted to touch, this was at the top of the list,” Rodriguez said. “We felt that this community here needed to hear from us, to let them know that they’re not alone, that we support them, that we love them.”Rodriguez said she contacted San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan and expressed interest in the Dodgers coming to San Bernardino. From there, everything fell into place.On Friday, the Dodgers will be at Los Angeles City Hall for an event honoring disabled veterans on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, Rodriguez said.• Video: Dodgers in San BernardinoHundreds of personnel from law enforcement and fire agencies countywide attended Wednesday’s event.“I think it helps with closure and for some of the people who might have issues dealing with the stress,” said San Bernardino police Sgt. Jeff Harvey. “And I think it’s helpful for the families to meet the cops that were there.”Lasorda said the Dodgers were shaken by the tragedy in San Bernardino and felt compelled to pay a visit.“We feel so bad for them that we thought the Dodgers could at least make the families a little bit happier today,” Lasorda said, “We’re letting them know we love them, letting them know we appreciate what their people had done, had lost their lives, and we have to look up to them with regret and with love.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN BERNARDINO >> Fifteen-year-old Jolene Verdehyou never thought she would meet a celebrity, so when she met L.A. Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda on Wednesday she said it helped buffer the grief that has consumed her since her mother died in the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center.“I would never think I’d be able to meet baseball players, so it’s a new experience,” said Verdehyou, whose mother, Bennetta Betbadel, was one of the 14 people killed in the mass shooting. “I appreciate everything they’re doing. It helps a lot. It takes your mind off it and gives you the strength to go on with your life.”In honor of the victims of the Dec. 2 attack and the law enforcement agencies that responded, Dodgers players and alumni held a luncheon Wednesday at the National Orange Show Event Center’s Martin Matich Sports Center. Lasorda, Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier, and Dodgers alumni Steve Garvey, Derrel Thomas, Tommy Davis and Dennis Powell were there to sign autographs and meet with the victims, their families and first responders.“We live in the Coachella Valley, and when we heard of what was happening, it felt like it was in our neighborhood,” Garvey said during a break in signing Dodgers caps. “This community is now famous for its soul and how they came together in their time of need. Today we celebrate the victims and their families, we celebrate the courses that came together, and we honor this community that is truly what America stands for.”center_img Shortly before 11 a.m. on Dec. 2, county environmental health specialist Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, stormed the Inland Regional Center. Clad in tactical gear and armed with assault rifles, the Redlands couple opened fire on a crowd of about 70 county employees attending an all-day training event and holiday-themed luncheon, killing 14 people, 13 of them county employees, and wounding 22 others. The FBI declared the attack the deadliest terrorist strike on U.S. soil since 9/11.Bennetta Betbadel’s widower, Arlen Verdehyou, said he was grateful for the generosity extended by the Dodgers.“It’s been hard, but because of the generosity and support from family and friends, we’re managing day by day,” said Verdehyou, a police officer at Riverside City College. Not only did Verdehyou’s daughter Jolene get her Dodgers cap signed by Lasorda, so did her younger brothers, Colin, 12, and Ethan, 10.“I feel very grateful for all this stuff they’re doing for us. It helps us get our minds off the situation,” Colin said.Brother Ethan added, “I was an Angels fan, but now I’m a Dodgers fan.”last_img read more