Terrorism in San Bernardino Hits Home


In the wake of the recent shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Joint Council 42 created a support fund for the victims and families. Three members of Local 1932 were killed and six were wounded in the shooting. Those killed were San Bernardino County employees: Harry Bowman, 46, administrative unit; Michael Wetzel, 37, supervisory unit; and Aurora Godoy, 26, clerical unit.               

Christine Reed, Tracie Thompson, Hilario Venoya, Valerie Weber, Jennifer Stevens, and Kevin Ortiz, all part of the Teamster family, were among the wounded.

“When the list of victims was made available to the public, we were shocked and devastated to learn that our own members had been struck down,” said former Local 1932 general manager Deirdre Rodriguez. “While our thoughts and condolences go out to all the victims and their families, we have all personally felt the loss of Michael, Harry and Aurora strike home and we know that they can never be replaced. We can only move forward to help their families as well as the families of the survivors and our community as we all attempt to heal from this senseless loss of life.”

Randy Cammack, President of Joint Council 42 in Pomona, affirmed that the Teamsters would rally to support those families in need. “This is a tragic loss for the families of the victims and for our union family. Our Teamster brothers and sisters and their families need our support and we are here to help them.”

Within a day of the event, a support fund was created to assist the families of victims. Every contribution that is made is appreciated.

Joint Council 42 is the parent body to 22 local unions, including Teamsters Local 1932. Local 1932 in San Bernardino represents more than 11,000 San Bernardino County public employees working at hospitals, in public works, health services departments, correctional facilities and in dozens of other public positions throughout the county.

San Bernardino Support Fund

Checks for the support fund can be mailed to:

Teamsters Joint Council 42

981 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200.

Pomona, California 91768

Please make checks payable to: “JC 42 Charity,” with “1932 Victims” written in the memo portion.