Edmonson County Holds Active Shooter Training

The topic of guns and school safety have been on the minds of several just a few months after the terrible shooting in Connecticut.

"We're inundated with calls from concerned parents. We just tried to figure out what we were going to do to put people's mind at ease, and also to increase our ability to respond to something like that," said Lt. Shane Doyle, Edmonson County Sheriff.

So, Edmonson County Sheriff, Mammoth Cave National Park Rangers, and other law enforcement near the county held an active shooter training this weekend to help everyone be prepared in case of a shooter at a school.

"We live in this community, in addition to working in the park. I have children at Edmonson County Schools. My wife also works in the school system. So, I have a definite interest in the safety of the children and employees of the school system," said Mammoth Cave National Park Ranger Josh Clemons.

Doyle said since the Columbine shooting, training has changed when dealing with a shooter.

"The officer's safety at that point takes a back seat, that's normally our number one concern. In a situation where there are lives being actively taken, we have to put our safety behind that and go in. We basically turn into a hunter, where we're going after someone that's an active shooter," said Doyle.

Law enforcement even met with the schools.
"At this point in time, I think the communication between us, the sheriff's office, the city police, and Mammoth Cave National Park is much better than what it was," said Edmonson County Superintendent Patrick Waddell.

Now law enforcement and school officials are hoping this training not only prepares them for the possible future, but puts parents minds at ease.

Doyle says the Edmonson County Sheriff's department will also be participating in a mass casualty, active shooter drill scenario later on this year.


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