For release on May 26, 2022
Public Communications Officer
DA Rosen Hosts Memorial, Honors First Responders One Year After VTA Mass Shooting
Today, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen hosted a memorial at The 526 Resiliency Center one year after the mass shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority railyard in San Jose, which left nine dead.
DA Rosen honored the families of victims and those affected by the tragic incident. He also presented medals to the first responders of the shooting.
Also at the memorial were County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Sheriff Laurie Smith, Chair of the VTA Board of Directors Chappie Jones, VTA CEO Carolyn Gonot, and President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265 John Courtney, to remember the tragic mass shooting and commend the resiliency of VTA employees. DA Rosen gave awards to recognize the bravery of the first responders of the County Sheriff’s Office, County Emergency Medical Services, San Jose Police Department, and San Jose Fire Department, who quickly arrived at the scene.
“For the last year, we grieved for the lives of those that should still be here today. We grieved for the families that were shattered,” DA Rosen said. “At this memorial, we honor where we are today. We celebrate VTA employees and their families for their resiliency, the first responders for their dedication and strength, and our County for persevering.”
The 526 Resiliency Center is the new name for the former VTA Resiliency Center. The DA’s Office began working to launch the Resiliency Center just months after the shooting on May 26, 2021, to bring counseling and workshops to the VTA community family members of victims, first-responders, and all affected community members. The 526 Center is equipped with mental health professionals and raises awareness about workplace violence, how to identify it, and what to do about it.
If you are interested in receiving services at The 526 Resiliency Center, located at 353 W. Julian St., 1st floor, please call (669) 308-1475 for more information.
If you know someone who may be in danger of workplace violence, please call 911.
If you know someone who may be a danger to themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.