Church hosts active shooter training

A small church takes big steps to protect its congregations.

Posted: Mar. 16, 2018 7:13 PM

FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTHI) - A small church is taking big steps to protect members of its congregation. Pastor John Sandiford has been in ministry for 36 years, but never thought he'd see the day when his church would be hosting an active shooter training.

"Things we wouldn't have even thought of ten years ago are in our own back yard,"the pastor said. "We want to be prepared."

Members of his congregation brought to him concerns, even fears, after recent shooting events. That's why Pastor Sandiford established a security team at his church. He's one of four people who carry during serivces.

Pastor Sandiford took up an offer from Sullivan Co. Sheriff Clark Cottom. It was an offer of active shooter training for any church or organization who felt the need to host one.

"We want everyone to talk away with a nice sense of safe peace of mind if something does happen, we have an idea of how to react," said Justin Davis, a member of the security team.

The training session was open to the public.

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