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Kudos on Newhall Incident tribute

Posted: June 6, 2009 5:23 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
After the informational program on the Newhall Incident that the SCV Historical Society and William S. Hart Regional Park hosted on April 19, we received this letter.

We think it really has something important to say to all of us.

We would like to share it with The Signal's readers.

We have already asked Mr. Noonan's permission to print it.

Dear Dr. Alan Pollack:

Thank you for helping the Newhall Highway Patrol officers remember, with others from the community, that tragic event of 39 years earlier.

Before your interest, the officers remembered and grieved in private.

That is because law enforcement is a terribly isolating profession. We look inward and to others in the same world for understanding.

On that April Sunday in 2009, we found interest and understanding and an atmosphere of acceptance by a group of people from the larger community.

That atmosphere made it possible for Officer Ingold and others to tell the story in a way that non law-enforcement people could understand, to describe what it meant to the officers and that heroic private citizen who came to the aid of the four we remembered that day.

The event and size of the audience says a great deal about the years of work of the society to preserve the history of the region both ancient, and of centuries past and present.

That identity and standing in the community in large part contributed to the willingness of the Highway Patrol to share their story and even more important its documentation of the event.

In all my years with that great department, I have never seen information of that significance shared with an outside organization.

May your work in preserving and sharing the events that shape the heritage of the Santa Clarita Valley achieve similar and continued success.

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