160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! My name is Christopher Deherrera. I am an L.A. County employee and 20 years ago when the Whittier Earthquake hit, I had just started a new county assignment on the fourth floor and I didn’t know any of my new assignment staff. A person had just walked by with two containers of water for morning coffee and then the earthquake hit. I stood under the doorway, and an overhead clock fell on my head. At the time it didn’t hurt. When I looked at the building walls they were moving back and forth. I walked the walk floor to see if there was anyone else on the floor, there were three others. I got ahold of someone who would become one of my best friends and walked down four flights of stairs in the dark; no emergency lights went on. Once we got to the ground floor we didn’t even know what to do if the stairs weren’t there. We just held hands and made our way down.