San Bernardino County, where a 2015 terror attack killed 14 people, is getting $1.3 million in federal funding to prevent and respond to future acts of terrorism, an Inland congressman announced Monday, July 17.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, praised the awarding of money from the Department of Homeland Security. The funds come from a program created to prepare communities for terror attacks.

Aguilar represents San Bernardino, where a radicalized Muslim husband and wife killed 14 and wounded 22 after opening fire at a gathering of county public health employees at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015. The couple died that same day in a shootout with police.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands.
Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands.

“When the attack in San Bernardino occurred, we became the site of the worst terrorist attack since 9/11. Had it not been for the heroism of our local law enforcement and first responders, we would have lost more innocent lives that day,” Aguilar said in a news release.

“Their incredible response is an example of how critical preparedness is in situations like this, and that’s why I’ve continuously fought to ensure that our community has the resources it needs to prevent, prepare for and respond to extraordinary emergencies.”

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood and county Sheriff John McMahon also welcomed the funding.

“During the Dec. 2, 2015, attack, we found that the cross-training among law enforcement agencies was of tremendous value,” Lovingood said. “This grant will help us continue that work by enhancing security and increasing our counter-terror efforts.”

The funding comes about a year and a half after Aguilar sought additional terror-related money for the Inland Empire. Aguilar, along with Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, took to the House floor in a scripted conversation designed to call attention to how the federal omnibus spending bill could help San Bernardino pay for Dec. 2 attack-related costs.

Another $4 million in federal dollars were meant to help those affected by the attack, although survivors were upset that not all the money was designated for attack victims and their medical treatment.

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