The simulation began with a call at 9:05 a.m., alerting the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office that a shooting was in progress at the high school. Sheriff’s deputies and EMS workers, staged throughout the county, rushed to the school.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says the exercise took several months to plan.
“We try to do these scenarios all the time. We try to keep them in mind, keep our guys abreast of, ‘Hey, if you get a call at the high school or one of these elementary schools, what is that you are going to do if you have to respond,’” said Shrum.
“We have been able to talk about it on paper, on the tabletop – but this is the first time that we put together our plan and said, ‘Let’s see how this is going to work.’”
The sheriff says all the agencies involved worked well together, and they will continue to work on communication in these types of events.