The fatal shootings at Colorado’s Columbine High School in April brought the reality of school violence to the forefront of the national consciousness. Professionals who responded to the scene offered first-hand accounts of their experiences at the seminar “Littleton, Colorado: Lessons Learned,” sponsored by the TEEX National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center Nov. 1-2 at the Bush Presidential Library complex.
The seminar covered the Columbine shootings from incident through recovery. Littleton Fire Chief William Pessemier and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Captain Dave Walcher described their involvement. Other topics included emergency medical services, crime scene investigations and the actions of unexploded ordnance bomb teams.
“Those who were on the scene understand the importance of sharing their experiences,” said Rick Tye, head of TEEX’s Fire Protection Training Division, who attended high school in Littleton. “Through this outreach, we can help each other respond to these tragedies and cope with their aftermath, regardless of where they occur.”