(WKBN) – Even before Thursday’s shooting at Lowellville schools, authorities have always worked together.
“We have a very good working relationship with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies,” Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene said.
Officers from nearly every department in Mahoning County, including about two dozen sheriff’s deputies, as well as members of a number of task force units and several departments in neighboring Trumbull County, swarmed campus within minutes of receiving the call for help.
“The response time was excellent. When calls like this come out, active shooter calls come out, people come from all over,” Greene said.
Even after authorities realized there was no “active shooter”, the extra manpower was still needed.
“We still have to preserve the scene or the scene of the crime. We have to, you know, deal with students, faculty, staff. There were a lot of moving parts,” Greene said.
Police and school officials had held an active shooting exercise there on Thursday morning. The sheriff said practice can only get you so far.
Even the Lowellville chief said Thursday the drills are preparing authorities for the real thing.
“You know, there’s no way to prepare for a situation like this. However, we were as prepared as we could be,” said chef Rick Alli.
“Obviously we are surprised that this happened. It’s so unfortunate that it happened, but it’s always best to be prepared through training,” Greene said.
For every time the “next time” happens.