First Baptist Church holds active shooter training

Mercer County

It’s a reality Americans now have to face, preparing for violence in the place of worship.

On Tuesday November 28th, First Baptist Church held an active shooter training.

It’s been less than a month since the Texas church massacre that left 26 people dead. A tragic and eye-opening event making people all over the country aware they need to be prepared. People go to church to feel safe. This active shooter training gave first responders, pastors and community members the tools necessary to know what to do if the scary situation ever arises. Sgt. Jim Mitchell with the West Virginia State Police said he had some tips and warning signs people should be aware of.
“A mass murder fears failure, that’s what they fear. They don’t fear death. They have a contingency plan and that plan in just about 100% of the cases involves death,” said Mitchell.

Shawn Bragg who is a pastor at Lorton Lick Baptist in Mercer County said he attended the training to see how other churches are preparing in the event of an active shooter, and what he can do to keep the members of his church safe.

“Some members have had questions if we should do anything, and if so what can we do in a wise way without paranoia,” said Bragg.

Some first responders have never been to a training like this. Charlie Croy with the Princeton Fire Department said if the time comes the fire department wants to be able to rise to the occasion. 

“Some of us have attended active shooter training in the past. But we’re just here to learn what we can do for the betterment of the department and the betterment of the community,” said Croy.

Sgt. Mitchell also suggests churches should have armed security during their time of worship.

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