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Thursday, November 21, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDObserving the Aug. 23 Crisis on Campus drill at LCCC, Schnecksville, were Eric Gratz with Allentown City EMS, Maria Wescoe with Northampton EMS, Chris Peischl with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, and Bob Norder with Bethlehem Township Emergency Medical Services. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDObserving the Aug. 23 Crisis on Campus drill at LCCC, Schnecksville, were Eric Gratz with Allentown City EMS, Maria Wescoe with Northampton EMS, Chris Peischl with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, and Bob Norder with Bethlehem Township Emergency Medical Services. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Kristie Wilk with Northern Valley EMS, was the exercise director for the Crisis on Campus drill Aug. 23 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville. She addresses Lenna Recla from the College Relations Department; Peggy Heim from Student Support and Success Department and Linda Baker from College Relations. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Kristie Wilk with Northern Valley EMS, was the exercise director for the Crisis on Campus drill Aug. 23 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville. She addresses Lenna Recla from the College Relations Department; Peggy Heim from Student Support and Success Department and Linda Baker from College Relations. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
NOVA paramedic Steve Kline begins triage. He is evaluating shooting “victim” Mike Bruneio, who has been “wounded” in the face. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography NOVA paramedic Steve Kline begins triage. He is evaluating shooting “victim” Mike Bruneio, who has been “wounded” in the face. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Led by paramedic Sasha Savkova, an emergency medical service crew member with Woodlawn Fire Department enters the building to aid in the transport of injured “victims” from the Rockroth Library at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Led by paramedic Sasha Savkova, an emergency medical service crew member with Woodlawn Fire Department enters the building to aid in the transport of injured “victims” from the Rockroth Library at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Emergency Medical Service personnel prepare to remove a “victim” with a chest wound. The “victim” was Tri-Clover Assistant Fire Chief Mike Garris. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Emergency Medical Service personnel prepare to remove a “victim” with a chest wound. The “victim” was Tri-Clover Assistant Fire Chief Mike Garris. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Tri-Clover firefighter Dave Tomcics, Woodlawn firefighter Anthony Escolano and Tri-Clover firefighter Tobie Frey prepare to move “victim” Dave Shoemaker at the Lehigh Carbon Community College drill. Shoemaker is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Tri-Clover firefighter Dave Tomcics, Woodlawn firefighter Anthony Escolano and Tri-Clover firefighter Tobie Frey prepare to move “victim” Dave Shoemaker at the Lehigh Carbon Community College drill. Shoemaker is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
LEFT: State Police Troopers Rafe Simmons and Justin Yozsa view the “body” of the alleged shooter in a men’s room. The “shooter” was played by Bethlehem Police Sgt. Simon Boddie. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography LEFT: State Police Troopers Rafe Simmons and Justin Yozsa view the “body” of the alleged shooter in a men’s room. The “shooter” was played by Bethlehem Police Sgt. Simon Boddie. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Though it looks like organized chaos, it is really well under control as “victims” were prepared to be transported to regional hospitals for care during the Aug. 23 Crisis on Campus drill at Lehigh County Community College, Schnecksville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography Though it looks like organized chaos, it is really well under control as “victims” were prepared to be transported to regional hospitals for care during the Aug. 23 Crisis on Campus drill at Lehigh County Community College, Schnecksville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
RIGHT: Obviously still living, Bethlehem Police Sgt. Simon Boddie is joined by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Justin Yozsa and Rafe Simmons. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography RIGHT: Obviously still living, Bethlehem Police Sgt. Simon Boddie is joined by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Justin Yozsa and Rafe Simmons. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography

LCCC, first responders practice for active shooter at the college

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, in cooperation with Northern Valley EMS, Schnecksville, and Neffs fire companies, and the Pennsylvania State Police recently took part in an active shooter drill on the campus.

Using all the resources available to respond to the campus, first responders were confronted by multiple gunshot “victims.”

These “wounded” individuals were portrayed by local fire and police personnel and volunteers from the college.

Oversight for the program was provided by Kristie Wilk, executive director of Northern Valley EMS.

The setting for the active shooter drill was in the Rothrock Library where an individual entered the building and began shooting randomly at anyone in his path

A quick-thinking individual activated a fire alarm pull station.

While firefighters and EMS were arriving, another individual called the Lehigh County 911 Center and reported the emergency was not a fire but an active shooter event.

State police were then alerted to the nature of the call and quickly responded.

Upon entering the building and doing a preliminary search, Troopers Rafe Simmons and Justin Yozsa, found the body of the shooter, an apparent suicide in a men’s bathroom.

Northern Valley EMS Triage Officer and Paramedic, Steve Kline was first to enter the building under protection of the troopers.

Quickly assessing each casualty as he encountered them, he assigned the appropriate level of care and transportation needed for each.

Once cleared by the troopers, additional emergency medical service personnel entered the building to stabilize, transport and treat the injured.

Emergency medical service units from as far way as Lehighton were on hand to help with care and transportation of the survivors.