Local School Honored For Active Shooter Response Program

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is honoring a local elementary school gets award for completing a special program Tuesday.

Doug Brownfield, Lowe’s community liaison, and Sheriff Zach Scott presented Natalee Long, principal of Cornerstone Academy, with a donation of 25 “go buckets” filled with supplies after Cornerstone Academy’s teachers successfully completed the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program.

The 25 “go buckets” will supply each classroom at Cornerstone Academy with shop towels, zip ties, toilet paper, para cord, and duct tape. Teachers at Cornerstone Academy learned how to use these supplies during CRASE to keep themselves and their students’ safe in case of an active shooter event.  “CRASE would not be possible without the support and donations from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. We thank them for their willingness to support CRASE and donate these needed supplies,” said Scott. “With all of the Active shooter events happening across the world, it only makes sense to be prepared.”

Starting this year, FCSO has offered CRASE for free to Franklin County schools, businesses, hospitals, and places of worship. The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. FCSO Patrol and SWAT deputies teach this free, four-hour course. 

Interested participants can find more information on CRASE at sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov.

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