Community members become better prepared to address ‘active attack’

Active attack training specialist Randy Campbell assists Laurie Morissette of Northumberland County with her tourniquet during the program at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

KILMARNOCK—There are at least 60 people in the Northern Neck better prepared to respond in an active attack situation. I’m one of them.

Training specialist Randy Campbell called the four-hour active attack training program at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock last Thursday “the thinking person’s class.” Sponsored by the Lancaster by the Bay Chamber, the program included a two-hour informational session taught by Campbell and two hours of medical intervention instruction by Adam Keene. The two are instructors with the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

They taught two programs last Thursday with 26 participants in the morning session and 33 in the afternoon.

Although Campbell said the program “is not a shock and awe class,” there are parts that….

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