Last week a couple of officers from the nearby Cedarburg Police Department, including a very experienced paramedic, to talk about active shooter situations. It was advertised mostly to education students because they talked about shooters in schools, but it was open to anyone, and they talked about shooters in all situations. In addition, someone else came from the police department to talk about drug use, particularly in schools. The information that they gave was extremely detailed and very informational. It was obvious that the people cared about their jobs and they knew what they were doing. The first officer talked about different scenarios and what the right and wrong ways to react to them are. If there is a shooter, do not play dead, actually try to do something because, if no one tries anything, the shooters stand unopposed.
They were all very open to talking to us about personal experiences and taking questions. After giving examples of previous shooter situations, they gave statistics on the age of shooters and how most of the situations pan out, such as many of the shooters surrender as soon as the police arrive because they are actually extremely scared of getting shot themselves. After the police officer talked, the paramedic spoke on what to do in those situations after someone has been shot. It was a lot of simple things that anyone could do that would save a life, such as putting on a tourniquet and lying a person in the proper position so they don’t suffocate from lying on their back. It was all really great information that will be helpful if any of us happen to be in one of those situations (hopefully no one ever is). It was a great experience and I would recommend everyone, teacher or not, to get information on what to do in those situations.