Active Shooters in America Anywhere, Anytime
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By: David Frankil, NJCUL President/CEO

The juxtaposition is jarring.

I was sitting at the back of the room on Tuesday morning at our Annual Convention, watching John Hunt present an abbreviated one-hour version of his active shooter training. A certified active shooter instructor and 27-year veteran of the NJ State Police, it is something he has done countless times, but it’s a first for me.

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 John Hunt and therapy dog Gunther leading
Active Shooter training at the League's Convention.

We’re watching a grainy, black-and-white security video re-enactment of the Columbine school shootings, and the only word that comes to mind is horrific. John was careful to remind everyone that it is a movie, with actors – but that doesn’t lessen the impact one bit. Images, words and actions that are indelibly seared into my memory.

Worse was to learn that most of the students that died in the library might have survived, had they run instead of ducking under desks or behind sofas. Or as John teaches, fought back, or barricaded themselves in a room to prevent access by the shooters.

And then to hear of the awful events in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue just a few days later. Eleven dead and numerous injuries among the worshippers and police responders. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to those who suffered so terribly.  

I don’t have the answer to preventing active shooter incidents but do know one thing – we have an obligation to be prepared. If you have not recently provided active shooter response training to everyone at your credit union, please do – and we will be talking with John about providing training to those that need it.