Glynco, GA – Earlier this summer, the Federal Law EnforcementTraining Center (FLETC) received a donation of a stuffed pink rabbitfrom the grandparents of 9/11’s youngest victim, Christine LeeHanson. The rabbit is now on display in the FLETC Intermodalfacility, which was dedicated in part to Christine Hanson and all thevictims of 9/11.
“The students and staff of the Federal Law Enforcement TrainingCenters are humbled by this thoughtful donation,” said FLETC DirectorConnie Patrick. “We will keep Christine’s memory, and herfavorite rabbit, as a reminder of why we are here each and everyday.”
The family of Christine Hanson wanted this special memento to beshared where it could be seen by those that come into the facility fortraining. Lee Hanson, Christine’s grandfather who was on hand forthe facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2011, said Christine’sportrait is a reminder of the innocent lives lost that day.
Christine Lee Hanson, just two years old when American Airlinesflight 175 was hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the WorldTrade Center, was the youngest victim of the World Trade Centerterrorist attack. She was on with her parents on their way to visitDisneyland in California.
“Christine Lee was love personified,” wrote her grandfather, LeeHanson, “ It is hard to explain Christine’s love for her family andfriends. It was deep and personal. She was like an angel,mischievous sometimes, but mostly gentle and loving. She helpedher mom and dad plant flowers, trees and bushes, and would tell themnot to worry, her dad would give them food and water and they wouldgrow up to be strong.”
The Hanson family donated the stuffed bunny that Christine had sinceshe was a baby. In fact, they noted that when they went to the homeshortly after 9/11, the bunny was tucked into Christine’s bed.
The FLETC trains the majority of federal officers and agents in theUnited States. In addition to providing training for over 90 federalpartner organizations, FLETC also provides training to state, local,tribal and international police in selected advanced programs;graduates approximately 70,000 students annually and is the largest lawenforcement training organization in the country.
Headquartered on a 1600-acre campus at Glynco, near Brunswick, Georgia,the FLETC operates facilities in Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, SouthCarolina; and Cheltenham, Maryland. The FLETC also has oversightresponsibility on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security for theInternational Law Enforcement Academies at Gaborone, Botswana; andBangkok, Thailand.