Our Friends

The friends we lost on October 1st, 2015 could have been your next-door neighbor. They could have been your old high school buddy or your favorite teacher. Our friends could have been your best friend, or the person you always passed in the coffee shop. They could have been your son. Or your daughter. Our friends are special because they were just like the people in your life whom you treasure, just like the people who you see every day at home, or work, or school. They were people with dreams, goals, pet peeves, funny quirks and unlimited potential. Our friends can never be replaced but they can be honored. They can be honored by showing strength in hope and determination. To move forward where they could not. To continue what they never will.

Lucero Alcaraz, 19

Quinn Glen Cooper, 18

Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59

Lucas Eibel, 18

Jason Dale Johnson, 33

Sarena Dawn Moore, 44

Treven Taylor Anspach, 20,

Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18

Lawrence Levine, 67

Our Champions

Our champions survived a day that will forever change them, but not define them. They are champions not because of what someone else did TO them but because of what they have done TO us…they’ve inspired us, motivated us and shown us all what true strength is. Sometimes it means crying. Sometimes it means laughing. Sometimes it means pushing fear aside and just trying. Trying to live life, the best they can, every day. Among the many students and staff on the UCC campus on October 1st, 2015, eight of our champions suffered and survived varying injuries. They are the definition of strength, of hope, of determination. We will always cherish and encourage our champion survivors.

Our Heroes

The local law enforcement, medical community, and clergy responded in an astoundingly fast, professional and exemplary fashion during the extraordinary events that unfolded on UCC campus October 1st, 2015. From arriving on scene within minutes, to stabilizing and transporting critical patients effectively and courageously during a chaotic scenario, to setting up reunification with students and families and communicating with the local community every step of the way; we could not be more proud of our heroes in the Umpqua Valley. Despite the tragedy, they were our front line. Individually, all these men and women have had harrowing days in service of our community, but none tested them as much as October 1st. We can all sleep well knowing we have such amazing heroes who will give their all to serve this community. Our heroes carry their strength with honor and compassion and we will stand with them any day of the week.