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Medina PD leading program for churches on active shooter threat

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 9 March 2020 at 11:30 am

MEDINA –  The Medina Police Department and First Presbyterian Church of Medina are teaming up to provide a program for adult church members on how to handle an active armed threat.

Pat Crowley, a member of the Presbyterian Church and retired prevention educator from GCASA, has helped organize the presentation on Tuesday evening at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 522 Main St.

This topic is applicable, not only in houses of worship, but any places accessible to the public, Crowley said. The presentation is not restricted to church leadership, and all are welcome and highly encouraged to attend.

Lt. Todd Draper of the Medina Police Department will lead the presentation, which begins at 5 p.m.

Topics will include:

• See something, say something.

• Run, hide, fight

• Situational awareness/mental preparation/choosing to act

• Making a plan: Individually and as a congregation

• Emergency response: What to expect from first responders.

The Presbyterian Church will provide dinner immediately following the presentation.

Any church members in the Medina area are welcome to attend, but a head count is requested. Please respond by e-mail to Crowley at pcrowley5555@gmail.com or call the First Presbyterian Church at (585) 798-1264 and leave a message.

Specific questions on the presentation or this topic can be directed to Draper at tdraper@villagemedina.org.

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