4th Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum - Panel 1

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, ext. 1-5122
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4TH ANNUAL BERKELEY COLLEGE
NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM,
“EVENTS THAT CHANGED OUR WAY OF LIFE FOREVER”

Panel One:
Our Nation’s Heroes – Stories of Those Who Responded

 

The first of two panels during the 4th Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum, “Events that Changed Our Way of Life Forever,” featured panelists who experienced the immediate aftermath of national security threats first hand as first responders.

Daniel Coss, CPP, Director of Security and Public Safety, Valley Health System, and Professor, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, recalled arriving to the scene of the Oklahoma City bombing as a police officer and victim, trying to assist his mother, Ms. Sanders, in locating her young grandsons and his nephews.

 

“Police officers recognize death and get used to it in some fashion … but the families do not understand the process of death,” Dr. Coss said. “We should never forget what we do (as first responders) affects the victims. You can protect – do it with compassion, empathy and common sense.”

 

 

“You think you are prepared, but you are never going to have every situation carved out,” said Josiane Hickson, EdD, RN-BC, NE-BC, Chair, Practical Nurse and Patient Care Technician programs, Berkeley College School of Health Studies.

Dr. Hickson and John Grant, JD, Professor, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, and G3 Training Officer, New York National Guard, recalled their own experiences while responding to the September 11, 2001, attacks in Manhattan, NY. Dr. Hickson was a nurse who assisted in treating victims during the attacks, while Lieutenant-Colonel Grant was deployed by the New York National Guard to the World Trade Center.

 

“The streets were littered all around ankle deep, with broken pieces of furniture, dust, and body parts,” Lieutenant-Colonel Grant said. “Civilians were gone and responders were there. All of us did the same thing. We responded the way we were trained and expected to.”

 

Photo Caption (Above): John Grant, JD, Professor, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, and G3 Training Officer, New York National Guard (second from left); Josiane Hickson, EdD, RN-BC, NE-BC, Chair, Practical Nurse and Patient Care Technician programs, Berkeley College School of Health Studies (third from left); Dr. Daniel Coss, CPP, Director of Security and Public Safety, Valley Health System, and Professor, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies (third from right); and moderator Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies (far right), share their experiences during the panel, “Our Nation’s Heroes: Stories of Those Who Responded,” at the 4th Annual National Security Forum, “Events that Changed Our Way of Life Forever,” held on May 17, 2017, at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ.

 

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