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Training to survive a shooter attack

Cadedria Hill Cadedria Hill
Andre Joseph Andre Joseph
Lance Montgerard Lance Montgerard
Thomas Co. deputies and EMS participate in active shooter drill in March Thomas Co. deputies and EMS participate in active shooter drill in March
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Active shooter training went on Tuesday for at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany State University, and for city and county employees. This training was scheduled long ago, but it was timely, coming just days after those shocking terror attacks in Paris.

The Paris terror attacks were on the minds of many of the  Albany State University students, as they attended today's active shooter workshop.
"Yes, I want to protect myself," said Junior Demetrea West.

Andre Joseph is a resident director at one of the residence halls at Albany State University.  He attended their active shooter workshop to make sure he could lead in case of an attack.

"Hopefully with this training people will know if it gets a situation here, we will know what to do," Joseph said.

That's why Albany State University Police taught their students, faculty, and staff how to survive. "It's always good to be prepared. In the wake of all the events that we see are happening around the world, we never know. It could happen here just as well as anywhere else," Albany State Police Major Cadedria Hill said.

In downtown Albany more than 70 city and county employees attended an active shooter workshop put on by the Sheriff's Office, and were taught three things people need to do in case of an active shooter.

"Number one is run.  Number two is hide. Number three is fight. Specifically in that order," Dougherty Co. Sheriff's  Training Director Lt. Lance Montgerard said.

Like those Paris attacks, there will probably be no warning. So preparation could make the difference in life or death. "You never know.  It's just mentally prepare yourself so if it happens, you just know what precautions you need to take," Joseph said.

Both organizations say they will hold more of these workshops soon, training people to survive in case of the worst.

The Marine Corps Logistics base also held an active shooter workshop today for its employees, but it was closed to the public.  Albany Technical College will hold an active shooter drill Wednesday, with all the college and school police forces involved.

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