Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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[Editor’s note: The following lettersrelate to award recipient RachelKrieger, a 32-year-old Claremontresident with Autism Spectrum Dis-order, who bravely called 911 andhelped her neighbor Anna Petrovichescape her home that had caughtfire. A full story is on page 3 of thisedition.
Dear Editor:June 7, 2012 was a red letterday for the special needs com-munity. As my granddaughterRachel Kreiger stood in front of the Claremont Police Commis-sion meeting to receive heraward, she was able to reach outto the 86-year-old neighborwhose home had burned. Theystood arm-in-arm as Rachel ac-cepted a real medal for havingthe presence of mind to call 911and then bravely go towards theflames to waken and alert every-one to escape the midnight blaze.The act of heroism on thenight of the fire is worthy of praise, but the ability to stand infront of a group of uniformed po-lice officers and communitymembers and openly show herlove was, for those of us whoknew the years of fear and isola-tion and rejection Rachel had toovercome, an even greater act of valor. Of course, the Kriegerfamily is proud of Rachel forwhat she did, but we’re prouderstill of who she has become.The Claremont Police Com-mission provided an opportunityto their own and to the commu-nity to see into the true heart of ayoung lady, despite a history of multiple developmental prob-lems we now recognize as on theAutism spectrum.Rachel’s previous encounterswith police were primarily fornegatives like major meltdownsresulting in hospital intervention,as Rachel struggled to deal withher challenges. Because the po-lice and other first responderswere there to help her in the past,Rachel began to understand theneed to help others.We want to thank the commis-sion, Officer Mike Ciszek, andeveryone involved in presentingthis award.And gratitude to the Clare-mont COURIER for their caringconcern in interviewing Racheland the family and friends whoattended the ceremony.On behalf of Rachel, we alsowant to acknowledge the supportof Tri City therapy providers, thePomona Valley/Inland LearningdisAbilities Association, NAMI,teachers, neighbors, family andfriends and especially her pre-cious Autism service dogs, Taraand Nikki, for helping Rachelnavigate the rocky road of grow-ing up “special” and allowing herto become the proud recipient of a Police Excellence Award. Withdeep appreciation,
Arline Krieger and family
To the Claremont Police Com-mission:Thank you to give me theaward to save Anne Petrovich andthe others from the fire. Love,
long Claremont nurtured,savor your senior moment—go, 2012!
Agendas for city meetingsare available at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Wednesday, June 13
Tuesday, June 19
Planning CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 21
CUSD Board of EducationKirkendall Center, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
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