LAGRANGE — Shots rang out in the back hallway of the old Keystone Middle School.
“Go! Go! Go!
“Entry made. All three units.
“One down, one down!”
Down the hall, a man raised his arms screaming, “I didn’t mean it! I didn’t mean it!”
Commands were yelled, instructing the man – later identified as the shooter – to get down and stay down.
Among the injuries included head wounds, a gunshot to the neck and at least one person was dead.
Those uninjured left the building surrounded by officers.
Police officers, firefighters and rescue crew personnel then surveyed the scene. Some helped carry the injured out. Others stood by, securing the room where the injured were gathered.
Nearly 20 minutes later, the same group of 24 police officers, 15 firefighter and rescue crew members and one dispatcher acted out another active-shooter scenario.
Monday through Friday, the LaGrange Police Department, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training and the FBI are hosting an Active Attack Integrated Response course at the former Keystone elementary and middle schools, said LaGrange Police Chief Chad Duensing.
“It’s become imperative to hold these types of training sessions for law enforcement officers and rescue personnel across the United States so they are prepared for active shooters in any situation — whether inside an office building, movie theater, school or church,” Duensing said.
LaGrange Police Lt. Wayne Ramsey was instrumental in organizing the only course of its kind in Lorain County. The course brought first responders from across Ohio, as well as Georgia and Louisiana.
“This is a combined training course,” Ramsey said. “The scenarios are based on active shooter incidents. The course provides a model framework for law enforcement, fire and EMS to integrate responses during an active attack/shooter event through the rescue task force concept.”
The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 by a partnership between Texas State University, San Marcos Police Department and Hays County Sheriff’s Office, to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders, said ALERRT instructor CJ Williams.
ALERRT was established after the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. In 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 24 people in Columbine, Colo., before turning the weapons on themselves.
In 2012, the FBI partnered with ALERRT and adopted the ALERRT curriculum as the FBI’s standard for active shooter response training. FBI special agents now instruct ALERRT across the United States, helping prepare state and local officers while establishing local partnerships with law enforcement colleagues.
To date, 130,000 first responders have been trained nationwide using dynamic active shooter, force-on-force scenario-based training, Williams said.
Using more than $30 million in state and federal grant funding, after the one-week intense course, the attendees will be certified to bring the program to their own agencies, Williams said.
“It’s important to integrate fire and police who respond to threats of an active shooter,” Williams said.
The ultimate goals, Ramsey said, are to stop the killing and evacuate the building.
The average response time is three minutes for first responders to arrive at a scene, Williams said.
After witnessing a scenario Tuesday afternoon, LaGrange Mayor Kim Strauss said the program a useful tool not only for the Keystone Schools, should an active shooting ever arise, but to prepare all first responders for what can be a traumatizing event.
“It scared me when the guns went off,” Strauss said. “But, obviously they have to hear that and be prepared for all of those situations. For myself, it makes me feel a lot better our officers are in the training. People do not want to get complacent and say, ‘Well, that was Columbine … that’s not here.’ You can never have enough training.”
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The Pheasant Run sanitary sewer project is moving along, quickly. This project is being contracted by the Lorain County Commissioners. LaGrange Village is expanding our wastewater plant to accept this sewage. The expansion will be paid for with funds received from Pheasant Run residents through sewer utility payments. Click on the flyer below to see the status as of January 29, 2018.
Durham Ridge at Grey Hawk Golf Club experienced a boom in construction in 2017. The development has had slow growth over the last five years but Ryan Homes, low lot costs and low interest rates created this growth. Approximately 45 homes were built in 2017 with more planned for 2018. Streets with empty lots are not only eye-sores, but create a maintenance cost with little income for the Village. The new homes increase the Village’s valuation and brings added income tax to offset that maintenance! Village Council would like to welcome our new residents and hope you enjoy your “country club” atmosphere in our rural setting! Overall, 51 new houses, 28 apartment units and nine condominium units were constructed in the Village in 2017! The apartments are at the end of Keywood Street.
The LaGrange Cemetery, located on West Main Street, has been the property and has been maintained by LaGrange Township for over 100 years. Due to a recent discovery in the Ohio Revised Code, the cemetery became the property of the Village on January 1st, 2018. Under the ORC, townships are not allowed to own cemeteries within the boundaries of a municipality. This cemetery is full, but all titles to plots and records pertaining to the cemetery will become the property of the Village. The Village will also be responsible to maintain the cemetery. If there are any concerns. Contact the LaGrange Municipal Offices at: 440-355-5555.