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Sheriff Lt. Jim Considine to be Honored at Wednesday’s Ontario Reign Game
When San Bernardino County Lt. Jim Considine was shot and injured in Sept. 1997 he considers that the MAGLITE flashlight he used to shield himself from the AK-47 assault at close range, saved his life. The flashlight now resides in the MAGLITE Museum with the AK-47 round fired at Considine still lodged inside.
Considine will be honored during a special ceremony at Wednesday night’s Ontario Reign hockey game and a re-enactment video of the incident will be unveiled on the four-sided Jumbotron at the Citizens Business Bank Arena at 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario. Considine was a deputy sheriff in 1997, assigned to patrol, and was assisting his partner on a traffic stop. The assailant did not stop immediately but instead lured them to an isolated area and opened fire on Lt. Considine and the other deputies with his AK-47 assault rifle. Lt. Considine was wounded four times but returned fire killing the attacker.
Lt. Considine recovered from his injuries, but one of his legs was so badly injured it prevented him from further serving as a deputy. Eventually, he had the leg amputated and he was fitted with a prosthetic leg. He worked to rehabilitate himself to be able to return to the Sheriff’s Department and qualified not only as a deputy sheriff but also passed the most rigorous S.W.A.T. program imaginable, graduating at the top of his class.
Wednesday’s Ontario Reign game begins at 7 p.m. Lt. Considine will be honored during a special ceremony and given the opportunity to drop the puck.
Tickets for the game can be purchased at: https://www.fevo.com/edp/Ontario-Reign-Hero-of-the-Night:-LT-Considine-PFUTlH7l. For additional information, call Citizens Business Bank Arena at 909-244-5500.