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Public invited to attend 17th annual Patriot Day Ceremony in Apple Valley

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APPLE VALLEY — The Lewis Center for Educational Research (LCER) will continue its tradition next week of remembering those killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a ceremony that will be open to the public for the first time in the event’s history.

In partnership with the Town of Apple Valley, LCER will host its 17th annual Patriot Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Ryan Cambridge Memorial Gymnasium on the Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) campus located at 17500 Mana Road.

LCER President and CEO Lisa Lamb, who will welcome guests alongside Town Manager Doug Robertson, said the Patriot Day Ceremony will offer students, staff and High Desert residents the opportunity to remember and honor the men and women who risked their lives to help others in the face of unimaginable terror.

“As a highly patriotic school, AAE is committed to ensuring our students understand that our American freedoms are not free,” Lamb said. “We dedicate this day to honoring our community’s first responders, veterans and active military personnel, and remembering all those who lost their lives on that tragic day 18 years ago.”

To mark this year’s anniversary, LCER and town officials selected Apple Valley resident Regina Cervantes as the keynote speaker. A former emergency medical technician who responded to Ground Zero in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, Cervantes will share her memories and discuss the importance of remembering those who sacrificed their lives that day.

AAE Principal Valli Andreasen called Cervantes a true American hero. She said Cervantes’ experience will help bridge the gap for students who understand 9/11 only as a historical event learned about in the classroom.

“All of our students were born after that tragedy and have no memory of it,” Andreasen said. “We are very fortunate to have Regina Cervantes sharing her story and firsthand account of 9/11 with our students.”

In addition to Cervantes, special guests during Wednesday’s Patriot Day Ceremony will include representatives from the offices of Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley; 33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear; and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, among others.

First responders from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Apple Valley Fire Protection District will also be present.

Wednesday’s event will include performances by the AAE Knights Marching and Concert Band, a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps” by AAE students Madison Wallace and Kaydence Langley.

Apple Valley Mayor Larry Cusack said the town is honored to partner with LCER to bring the Patriot Day Ceremony to the public.

“We invite the community to join us on the morning of 9/11 to hear from a first responder who was there that fateful morning,” Cusack said. “We hope this special ceremony reminds us to never forget and also inspires us to be everyday heroes to those around us in our schools, neighborhoods and cities.”

Wednesday’s ceremony at AAE will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Guests are advised to arrive 20 to 30 minutes beforehand. LCER staff members will be on site to direct traffic in the parking lot. Students will be available to take guests into the venue.

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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