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Preparing for what once was unthinkable
Last week we published an article by our reporter, Tony Scott, on a "mass casualty drill" conducted by local and area police, firefighter-paramedics and two Aurora hospitals.
The drill was held at Oswego East High School and mimicked a real life event, which has become all too common in our nation: a mass shooting incident at a school.
The photos we published from the event were especially chilling: our readers saw images of armed officers charging into the school and paramedics treating "wounded" students.
In writing headlines and captions for the photo we first wanted to use the word "unthinkable" to describe the drill, but then we remembered that mass shootings at schools, stores, restaurants and workplaces and other public places are no longer unthinkable but just part of daily life in our nation.
It is truly a tragedy that our local police and firefighters believe there is a need to conduct mass casualty drills, but they really have no choice. The unthinkable can indeed easily happen here or anywhere in our country and all police and firefighter-paramedics must be trained to respond accordingly.