“Hurricane Katrina proved to us, that although we’ve taken many measures, we failed to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens which are our children and I look forward to being part of that process in the future.”
"All of us, not just those of us in traditional first responder [positions] but all of us citizens have to be engaged in public service…we have to be engaged with our hearts and minds in this undertaking for the betterment of our country."
“I made a commitment to myself and to my friend. If we were going to stop something like this from happening again, we needed to do things differently. We needed to think differently and we needed to plan differently about the way we policed America and regardless of that challenge, I needed to be part of this change.”
"In the fall of 2001, the State of Connecticut was affected by the anthrax attacks. One of those attacks took the life of a school teacher from Oxford, Connecticut."
“It is human nature for us to think that at anytime, we can pick up the phone and call 911 or go to the emergency department and someone will be there to help us or our family. Well, that won’t happen without solid plans, support, equipment, supplies and training to make sure we are all ready.”
"I was very fortunate to have very talented mentors at my side throughout my career, mentors who encouraged me to always stress the system and use imagination."