Area churches hiring armed security in wake of Texas shooting

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With the recent attacks on places and people of worship, many in our area are wondering if their place or worship is safe for them and their families. Today we caught up with Chris Regone, owner of Executive Security Concepts, and also Capt. Kermit Moore with the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office, to talk about what could be done and what is being done.

Chris Ragone has helped consult local area places of worship on the training they need, and also provides security through is company, Executive Security Concepts.

“Police do a wonderful job, but even in Texas the response time was five minutes, which is phenomenal. I think it was under five minutes… but, in five minutes that… person could have caused so much carnage. Luckily they had a safety team in place and in six seconds they engaged the shooter”

Chris Ragone

Captain Kermit Moore of Roanoke Sheriff’s Dept said there has been a very helpful program offered by the agency. The program is the AVOID Situational Awareness Class. It has been going for four years strong and is conducted at local area schools and auditoriums due to high demand. Roanoke Sheriff’s Department also offers a Citizens Firearm Safety Course. Each of these classes were brought forth by Sheriff Orange as a way to provide citizens the best practices and information he can offer the public.

Each of these two professionals say that law enforcement can only respond to an incident after it begins. Having a well trained armed person providing security at the site of the event, church, etc. is crucial to saving lives. However not every place has the best protection available. When asked “What can someone do during a shooting situation,” Capt. Moore had this to share.

“In a shooting situation, bystanders should try to find a fast exit from the area of the shooting.  If they can’t get away they should seek solid cover such as brick or concrete walls. It’s important to be mindful that wood and drywall do not stop bullets. If running or hiding are not options then they should prepare themselves mentally for physically defending themselves.”

Capt Kermit Moore

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