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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Secret List Alert: MAJOR fire service event canceled for the safety of those attending.


All, As Firefighters you are well aware that there is significant unrest in our Country due to the election results. While you may have thought the protests may or may not impact us-it did tonight.

Due to the huge protests in Los Angeles, a MAJOR fire service event that supports YOU had to be canceled for the safety of those attending.

Tonight WAS the annual gala fund raiser for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Now I really don't care how right, middle or left you are, who you voted for or whatever-the fact is that the most MAJOR FIRE FIGHTER CANCER SUPPORT organization in North America was sucker punched and had it's wind knocked out this evening-and this impacts every one of us.

OUR REQUEST IS that you take 5 minutes and make a donation so we can help them make this huge loss up thru donations.

PLEASE GO TO: https://firefightercancersupport.org/ and click on top, the blue button marked DONATE.
 
 
So please-
If you voted for TRUMP-PLEASE DONATE

If you voted for CLINTON-PLEASE DONATE
If you voted for anyone else-PLEASE DONATE
if you support the protesters-PLEASE DONATE
If you don't support the protesters-PLEASE DONATE
If you appreciate the time we put into THE SECRET LIST-PLEASE DONATE
If you belong to IAFF, IAFC, NVFC. ISFSI, NFPA-They all support the FCSN...SO PLEASE DONATE
Quite frankly, if you have a pulse-PLEASE DONATE
 
$10.00 $25.00 $50.00 $100.00 or more...whatever you can do. PLEASE. If your Union local can-please donate. if your Volunteer association can-please donate.
 
MAYBE once a year we identify an "EMERGENCY" where all of your help is needed-and this would be it. The FIREFIGHTER CANCER SUPPORT NETWORK is a NON-profit with only TWO paid staffers-the rest are VOLUNTEERS supporting EVERY firefighter and their family dealing with cancer-and all the prevention work that goes along with it.
 
PLEASE GO TO: https://firefightercancersupport.org/ and click on top, the blue button marked DONATE. 
 
Your help is more than just sincerely appreciated. It is urgently needed as this was their only annual fundraiser. And now it has been shut down for the safety of those attending due to the protesters.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. Please Donate.
BillyG
The Secret List 11-12-2016-1945 Hours

Friday, November 11, 2016

CA-CZU CAL FIRE San Mateo - Santa Cruz Unit Transitions Out of Peak Fire Season

CAL FIRE San Mateo Santa Cruz Unit Transitions Out of Peak Fire Season


Felton – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s San Mateo Santa Cruz Unit to transition out of peak fire season effective the 14th of November 2016 , 8:00 am, in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties.

As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, CAL FIRE is maintaining staffing to meet the current threat, as well as strategically moving resources to areas that remain at a higher threat level. CAL FIRE will also continue to monitor weather conditions closely and still has the ability to increase staffing should weather conditions change or if there is a need to support wildfires or other emergencies in other areas of the State.

The 2016 fire season has been an extremely active year, even more so than in 2015. Statewide, CAL FIRE and firefighters from many local agencies battled over 5,585 wildfires within the State Responsibility Area that burned nearly 148,000 acres. This is over 1,170 more wildfires this year than normal. In the San Mateo Santa Cruz Unit, CAL FIRE responded to 54 wildfires that charred 41 acres.

During the cooler winter months, CAL FIRE will be focusing efforts on the implementation of fire prevention and fuels treatment activities as guided by the State’s Strategic Fire Plan and localized Unit fire plans. These activities are aimed at reducing the impacts of large, damaging wildfires and improving overall forest health.

Residents are urged to still take precautions outdoors in order to prevent sparking a wildfire. A leading cause of wildfires this time of year is from escaped landscape debris burning. Before you burn, ensure it is a permissive burn day by contacting the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) for Santa Cruz County at (831) 647-9411 or Bay Area Air Quality Management District for San Mateo County at (415) 749-4900 and then make sure you have any and all required burn permits. Residential pile burning in Santa Cruz County is not permitted by MBUAPCD until December 1. During burning, make sure that piles of landscape debris are no larger than four feet in diameter, provide a 10 ft. clearance down to bare mineral soil around the burn pile and ensure that a responsible adult is in attendance at all times with a water source and a shovel.

For more ways to prevent sparking a wildfire visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

San Mateo - Santa Cruz Unit

CONTACT: Angela Bernheisel, (831) 212-7805, CZU on twitter @CALFIRECZU

RELEASE DATE: November 11, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

CA-YNP Yosemite Mariposa Grove Prescribed Fire and Lakes Fire [MAP]

Yosemite Fire Update #12
October 23, 2016
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Ignition of unit 14 Mariposa Grove 10/23/16

Yosemite Fire Report Mariposa Grove Prescribed Fire and Lakes Fire
Yosemite Mariposa Grove – Prescribed Fire
MARIPOSA GROVE – Prescribed Fire
Mariposa County

Ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire continued this past weekend with an additional 36 acres completed in the upper grove. The project consists of 137 total acres, of which 75 acres have been completed over the last couple weeks. Fire personnel will continue to monitor and patrol the grove area. The Grove is currently closed to the public because of a major restoration project; burning at this time minimizes impacts to public use.

Smoke will be present during this project. Smoke, affecting health, is always a consideration in the decision to schedule prescribed fires. Community members and visitors who are sensitive to smoke may way to close their windows and doors and/or consider leaving the area during ignition of the project in order to reduce exposure.

The objective of this prescribed fire is ecosystem restoration. Historically, natural fire burned an average of 16,000 acres annually in Yosemite National Park and played an integral role in shaping Yosemite’s ecosystem. Yosemite’s Fire Management Program works to balance the protection of life, property and natural and cultural resources with the continuation of fire as a natural process. Applying fire under prescribed conditions mimics the frequent, low intensity, lightning caused fires.

Burning in the Mariposa Grove is a continuous process; the targeted areas have had 1-3 prescribed fires in the past 30 years, and continued burning is required to maintain healthy forest conditions. Fire produces the optimum conditions for Giant Sequoia reproduction and propagation. Fire not only removes the accumulated layers of dead woody debris, exposing nutrient rich mineral soil, but dries the cones allowing the seeds to shed. Fire also creates holes in the forest canopy, while eliminating shade tolerate competition.


LAKES – 37 35.6 x 119 33.6 approximate 8000 feet elevation
Mariposa and Madera Counties

The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. A ground reconnaissance was completed by Yosemite Crew-1 members earlier this week and reported the fire to be 1,001 acres. The fire had previously spread to the area of the 1999 Chil Fire area and has been most active on the west, north and northeast edge of the perimeter. Smoke has been visible from various locations within the park and surrounding area.

A trail closure is effective as of August 25, 2016, as the fire crossed the trail along Chilnualna Creek. The trail section between Turner Meadow (beyond the top of Chilnualna Fall) and Buena Vista Lake is included in the closure.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CA-YNP Mariposa Grove, Prescribed Fire Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove, Prescribed Fire 

Mariposa Grove Prescribed Fire
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When and Where: Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning to continue ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire project on Saturday October 22, 2016 and Sunday October 23, 2016. The focus will be in the upper grove for a total of 55 acres. An estimated 7 to 10 days of active burn down is anticipated. Fire managers have already successfully completed 75 acres of ignitions, out of the 137 acre total project.

Smoke will be present during the prescribed fire and in the Wawona area. Fire managers are working with the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District (MCAPCD) to time the project to coincide with favorable weather and smoke dispersion conditions. Smoke, affecting health, is always a consideration in the decision to schedule prescribed fires. A smoke management plan has been submitted to the MCAPCD, and a burn permit has been issued. A smoke monitor will be placed in nearby communities.

Historically, natural fire burned an average of 16,000 acres annually in Yosemite National Park and played an integral role in shaping Yosemite’s ecosystem. Yosemite’s Fire Management Program works to balance the protection of life, property, and natural and cultural resources with the restoration of fire as a natural process. Due to decades of fire suppression (actively putting out any fire that started), many areas have become overgrown, unhealthy, and increasingly vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire.

The Mariposa Grove project is near the top of the Grove from Wawona Point to the south. Fire managers want to take advantage of the Mariposa Grove closure to conduct the project. The Grove is closed to the public because of a major restoration project. Burning at this time will minimize impacts to public use. Burning in the Mariposa Grove is a continuous process; the targeted areas have had 1-3 prescribed fires in the past 30 years, and continued burning is required to maintain healthy forest conditions. Fire produces the optimum conditions for Giant Sequoia reproduction and propagation. Fire not only removes the accumulated layers of dead woody debris exposing nutrient rich mineral soil, but dries the cones allowing the seeds to shed. In addition, fire creates holes in the forest canopy, while eliminating shade tolerate competition.

Park employees, community members, and visitors can expect to see fire personnel from various federal and state agencies conducting burning operations during the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

CA-YNP Mariposa Grove Fire / Lakes Fire - Yosemite Wildland Fires Update #11

Yosemite National Park Fire 2016 Update #11October 13, 2016

MARIPOSA GROVE – Prescribed Fire
Mariposa County

Ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire continued this week with an additional 44 acres completed in the upper grove. Last week, 31 acres were completed in the lower grove. Fire personnel will continue to monitor and patrol the grove area. The Grove is currently closed to the public because of a major restoration project; burning at this time minimizes impacts to public use.

Smoke will be present during this project. Smoke, affecting health, is always a consideration in the decision to schedule prescribed fires. Community members and visitors who are sensitive to smoke may way to close their windows and doors and/or consider leaving the area during ignition of the project in order to reduce exposure.

The objective of this prescribed fire is ecosystem restoration. Historically, natural fire burned an average of 16,000 acres annually in Yosemite National Park and played an integral role in shaping Yosemite’s ecosystem. Yosemite’s Fire Management Program works to balance the protection of life, property and natural and cultural resources with the continuation of fire as a natural process. Applying fire under prescribed conditions mimics the frequent, low intensity, lightning caused fires.

Burning in the Mariposa Grove is a continuous process; the targeted areas have had 1-3 prescribed fires in the past 30 years, and continued burning is required to maintain healthy forest conditions. Fire produces the optimum conditions for Giant Sequoia reproduction and propagation. Fire not only removes the accumulated layers of dead woody debris, exposing nutrient rich mineral soil, but dries the cones allowing the seeds to shed. Fire also creates holes in the forest canopy, while eliminating shade tolerate competition.

LAKES – 37 35.6 x 119 33.6 approximate 8000 feet elevation
Mariposa and Madera Counties

The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. A ground reconnaissance was completed by Yosemite Crew-1 members earlier this week and reported the fire to be 1,001 acres. The fire had previously spread to the area of the 1999 Chil Fire area and has been most active on the west, north and northeast edge of the perimeter. Smoke has been visible from various locations within the park and surrounding area.

A trail closure is effective as of August 25, 2016, as the fire crossed the trail along Chilnualna Creek. The trail section between Turner Meadow (beyond the top of Chilnualna Fall) and Buena Vista Lake is included in the closure.

Monday, October 10, 2016

CA-SQF Dorst USFS 187-acre Prescribed Burn

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Dorst Prescribed Burn Map


Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks > Dorst Prescribed Burn


Incident Overview

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 7, 2016 – Following a conditions assessment by park fire ecologists and firefighters, dates have been confirmed for the Dorst Prescribed Burn in Sequoia National Park. Ignitions on the prescribed burn will begin on Monday, October 10, and continue for 2 to 3 days. Weather forecasts and recent fuel moisture samples show that this timetable will provide the best opportunity for a successful burn with minimized smoke impacts.

This 187-acre prescribed burn will reintroduce fire into an area where it was unnaturally excluded for decades, restoring the area to a more natural density of fuels and vegetation. Robert Sanders, Fire Management Officer for Sequoia National Park, says, “The Dorst Prescribed Burn will create a healthier watershed and forest by removing a lot of the ground fuels that have built up over the years. History has shown that by including prescribed fire in our land management, we are working with nature instead of against it.”

The burn unit is located adjacent to Dorst Campground, which is currently closed for the remainder of the year, and south and west of the Generals Highway. Smoke is likely to be present on the Generals Highway, and may cause delays or short-term closures if visibility becomes impaired. Visitors should expect to see firefighters, smoke, and fire activity in this area and are asked to drive carefully. Depending on dispersion, the town of Three Rivers may experience smoke impacts at night during ignitions.

The trail between Lost Grove and Dorst Campground and the Muir Grove Trail will be closed during ignitions and the burn-down period afterwards. The reopening of these trails will be contingent on evaluation by fire management personnel and will be announced in subsequent news releases.

Basic Information

Current as of 10/9/2016, 1:26:39 PM
Incident Type Prescribed Fire
Date of Origin Monday October 10th, 2016 approx. 11:00 AM
Location Sequoia National Park - North and west of the Dorst Creek Campground
Incident Commander Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks


Current Situation
Size 187 Acres

Outlook/Planned Actions
This prescribed burn is scheduled to start on Monday, October 10, 2016

Remarks
Trail closures will be in effect during the prescribed burn. Please see the Trail Closure Map under Maps.


Fire Information Office
Email: seki_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 559-565-3703
Hours: 0900 - 1600

Friday, October 7, 2016

CA-SCU San Vicente Redwoods Prescribed Burn

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit San Vicente Redwoods Prescribed Burn

CAL FIRE Badge / Logo

FELTON – The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit, in cooperation with Peninsula Open Space Trust, Sempervirens Fund, and Save the Redwoods League will conduct a 5-acre prescribed burn on the San Vicente Redwoods property in northern Santa Cruz County on October 10, 2016. The prescribed burn will be conducted between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, but smoke may be noticed in the area for about one day following the burn. The project is being conducted in accordance with a Smoke Management Permit issued by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities.

Resources involved with conducting the burn include 5 engines and 2 fire crews. Approximately 50 personnel will be assigned to this operation.

This burn is being conducted as part of the CAL FIRE Vegetation Management Program and is intended to reduce fuel accumulations in a portion of the shaded fuel break completed by the Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council three years ago, and to provide ecological benefits such as nutrient cycling and recruitment of fire-dependent plant species.

Prescribed vegetation management burns are carefully planned controlled burns that must meet a predefined set of conditions (prescription) in order to achieve ideal fire behavior. No burning takes place if weather and fuel conditions are not within prescription. When optimal conditions are met, trained wildland firefighters manage the burn while monitoring the weather, smoke dispersal, fire behavior and designated fire control lines.

The effects of the prescribed burn at San Vicente Redwoods will be a subject of ongoing research, with funding support from POST, Sempervirens Fund, and Save the Redwoods League. The three groups are currently funding research by the Amah Mutsun Land Trust to evaluate prescribed burning as a tool for vegetation management, enhancement of ethnobotanical resources, and fire safety.

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San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
CONTACT: Angela Bernheisel
831-212-7805
Alternate: Rich Sampson
831-335-6742
RELEASE
DATE: October 7, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CA-SCU #LOMAFIRE CAL FIRE - IMT#2 LOMA FIRE FINAL NEWS RELEASE [MAP]


CA-SCU LOMA FIRE PIO MAP
CA-SCU LOMA FIRE PIO MAP
Gilroy, CA - Fire crews will remain throughout the fire perimeter in the coming weeks to provide fire suppression repair, remove firefighting equipment, mop up and patrol. Please drive slowly and use caution as emergency crews and equipment are still working in the area. CAL FIRE urges those that see significant smoke to call 9-1-1. As fires continue to threaten our communities, resources are being effectively appropriated to battle wildland fires across the State of California.
CAL FIRE Incident Management Team #2 appreciates all the community support in battling the Loma Fire. The Team will transition management of the Loma Fire back to the local CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit on Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00 AM. For additional information please call (408) 779-0930   
All residents are asked to be READY: Create and maintain defensible space and harden your home against flying embers. Get SET: Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate. Be Ready to GO! Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
We encourage the public to remain prepared year-round for wildfires by visiting the www.readyforwildfire.org website. The best show of support is having your home and property “fire-ready”.

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Date: 10/4/2016
Time: 3:00 PM

Fire Information Line:  (408) 779-0930
Media Line:  (408) 201-4378

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Breaking News: Heroic South Carolina Firefighter Takes Down Active Shooter At Elementary School





"Hero" firefighter tackled elementary school gunman, officials say


TOWNVILLE, S.C. -- A volunteer firefighter tackled a teen suspect in a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday, keeping him on the ground until law enforcement could take him into custody, a fire chief said Thursday.


Giving an emotional statement to reporters, Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams said volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock was able to subdue the shooter while McAdams was inside tending to a critically wounded 6-year-old boy.
“In the past 24 hours, the word ‘hero’ has been used to describe the actions of firefighter Brock and other responders,” McAdams said. “Well, we agree. But we also believe the teachers and the staff of Townville Elementary School, who protected those children in the moments following those gunshots, are heroes just as well.”
The shooting began Wednesday afternoon in a rural area of Townville near the Georgia-South Carolina line. Authorities say the teenager killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, and then drove to Townville Elementary School, about two miles away.

The teen crashed his pickup truck into the playground fence before opening fire and wounding a teacher and two students as they left the building for recess, Anderson County District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery posted online Thursday. She said the shooter never entered the school.
Jacob Hall, 6, has been identified as one of the victims of the Townville, S.C., shooting on Sept. 28, 2016. HALL FAMILY / WSPA
Jacob Hall, 6, has been identified as one of the victims of the Townville, S.C., shooting on Sept. 28, 2016.
 HALL FAMILY / WSPA
"911 dispatchers received the initial call around 1:45 p.m. from a teacher who was in a classroom, reporting an armed male on the campus, officials said at a press conference Wednesday evening.

The shooting left a 6-year-old boy in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Scott Stoller, Anderson County’s director of  emergency services, told the Anderson Independent Mail. 
The other boy and a female teacher were in good condition, said Juana Slade, spokeswoman for AnMed Health Medical Center.  Both boys were 6 years old, the Independent Mail reported.
Anderson School District 4 superintendent Joanne Avery said the gunman was apprehended “within a matter of minutes.” Capt. Garland Major of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said officers arrived within seven minutes of the 1:45 p.m. 911 call and had the suspected shooter, a teenager, in custody by 2 p.m. The gunman was tackled by a volunteer Townville firefighter, the station reports." - From Previous Story
Teachers then led the students to safety inside. 
McAdams gave a harrowing account of the moments after officials received a 911 call at 1:45 p.m. from a teacher in a Townville Elementary classroom, reporting the gunman on school grounds.
McAdams said he called the school’s front office to confirm the report, and then he and Brock rushed to the scene from his nearby farm. He said he learned from a front office receptionist that the shooter and the wounded were in the back of the school near the playground, so he and Brock pulled into the school’s rear parking lot.
McAdams said they immediately noticed a black pickup truck that was crashed into the playground area. Once they checked inside the truck and found no one inside, the two heard teachers asking for help for wounded students inside.
That’s when the two decided to split up, McAdams said. Brock suggested McAdams, a paramedic, go inside to offer medical assistance, while Brock continued to search for the gunman.
Inside the school, McAdams said he encountered Meghan Hollingsworth, a teacher who had been shot in the shoulder, but she refused treatment and directed him to the most seriously wounded student – 6-year-old Jacob Hall, who had been shot in the leg.
“She was telling us to take care of Jacob and not to worry about her,” McAdams said.
Hollingsworth, McAdams said, was one of the teachers who had earlier helped usher students to safety despite her injuries.
McAdams said he and a school nurse tended to the boy until other agencies arrived to assist them, and the child was transported via LifeFlight to a pediatric trauma center. Hollingsworth and another 6-year-old boy, who had been shot in the foot, were transported via ambulance to a hospital.
Around the same time, unbeknownst to McAdams, he said Brock had encountered the gunman near a rear corner of the school.
“He felt it was imperative to the safety of the students, the teachers, and all the responders onsite – he immediately confronted and subdued that shooter and was able to keep him on the ground until law enforcement placed him into custody,” McAdams said.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said earlier that Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, “just took him down” and stopped the teen before he could get inside the school.
Brock “wants to remain humble and quiet about it” as he believes “he did nothing any of the other volunteer firefighters wouldn’t have done,” Scott Stoller with Anderson County Emergency Management told the Associated Press.
Regardless, he said, “Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero.”
Brock did not speak Thursday, but in a statement read by McAdams, he said “true heroes of yesterday’s senseless tragedy are the teachers who put their lives on the line to protect the students.”
Wiping away tears, McAdams said the “devastating” incident has shaken the close-knit community.
“We’re gonna feel this for a real long time,” he said.
He asked for prayers for Jacob Hall,  who remained in critical condition Thursday.
Sheriff’s Lt. Sheila Cole said officers and forensic specialists were returning to the school Thursday morning to resume their investigation. Authorities also said audio from the 911 calls made after the shootings will not be released while the investigation is ongoing.



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Jacob Hall, 6, has been identified as one of the victims of the Townville, S.C., shooting on Sept. 28, 2016.
 HALL FAMILY / WSPA

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the teen, crying and upset, called his grandmother’s cellphone at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said. The grandparents couldn’t understand what was going on, so they went to his home just 100 yards away. When they got there, they found Osborne dead and their grandson gone.
About one minute later, authorities received a 911 call from a teacher inside the school.
Avery said she was “heartbroken about this senseless act of violence” but credited the quick law enforcement response, the brave actions of teachers and staff and frequent school active shooter trainings with preventing more injuries.  
Television images showed officers swarming the school after the report of an active shooter. Some were on top of the roof while others were walking around the building. Students were driven away on buses accompanied by police officers to a nearby church.
Authorities said they don’t yet know a motive for the shooting and they were not sure if the students and teacher were targeted. The sheriff said the teen had been homeschooled.
“There are no racial undertones there. There’s no terrorism involved,” Major said. “We’re confident we have the sole shooter and no one else is involved.”
One of the students and the teacher were released from the hospital Wednesday evening, AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade said. 
The school surrounded by working farms has about 300 students in its pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade classrooms. About 90 percent of the students are white, according to state records.
“This is the country,” Brandi Pierce, the mother of a sixth-grader, told The Associated Press as she began to cry. “You don’t have this in the country.”
The mother of the teen suspect said his family is “shocked and saddened.”
In a statement that Pastor James South provided to local media outlets, Tiffney Osborne said the family “cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff.” A family spokesman later released this statement:
“Our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son and grandson.
We are praying and will continue to do so for the two precious children who were wounded, and for their courageous teacher who was wounded while rescuing the children.
We cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff.
We are thankful to have friends who have expressed their sympathy and support 2 Tiffney that the loss of her husband. Please pray for our family that the Lord will help us as we face this unimaginable ordeal.”
Authorities have not released the suspect’s name or age beyond saying he’s a teen.
The teacher wounded in the shooting, Meghan Hollingsworth, a first-grade teacher and mother of two who is in her 13th year of teaching, also was reluctant to talk. Both she and the student who was shot in the foot were transported in good condition.
“We are not interested in giving interviews or answering questions of any kind,” a sign posted on the front door of her home Thursday morning read.
“We ask that you respect our privacy,” the note said, while expressing appreciation for those concerned about her.

Story from: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/townville-elementary-school-shooting-hero-firefighter-tackled-elementary-school-gunman-officials-say/

Breaking News: Heroic South Carolina Firefighter Takes Down Active Shooter At Elementary School



"Hero" firefighter tackled elementary school gunman, officials say


TOWNVILLE, S.C. -- A volunteer firefighter tackled a teen suspect in a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday, keeping him on the ground until law enforcement could take him into custody, a fire chief said Thursday.


Giving an emotional statement to reporters, Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams said volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock was able to subdue the shooter while McAdams was inside tending to a critically wounded 6-year-old boy.
“In the past 24 hours, the word ‘hero’ has been used to describe the actions of firefighter Brock and other responders,” McAdams said. “Well, we agree. But we also believe the teachers and the staff of Townville Elementary School, who protected those children in the moments following those gunshots, are heroes just as well.”
The shooting began Wednesday afternoon in a rural area of Townville near the Georgia-South Carolina line. Authorities say the teenager killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, and then drove to Townville Elementary School, about two miles away.

The teen crashed his pickup truck into the playground fence before opening fire and wounding a teacher and two students as they left the building for recess, Anderson County District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery posted online Thursday. She said the shooter never entered the school.
"911 dispatchers received the initial call around 1:45 p.m. from a teacher who was in a classroom, reporting an armed male on the campus, officials said at a press conference Wednesday evening.
The shooting left a 6-year-old boy in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Scott Stoller, Anderson County’s director of  emergency services, told the Anderson Independent Mail. 
The other boy and a female teacher were in good condition, said Juana Slade, spokeswoman for AnMed Health Medical Center.  Both boys were 6 years old, the Independent Mail reported.
Anderson School District 4 superintendent Joanne Avery said the gunman was apprehended “within a matter of minutes.” Capt. Garland Major of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said officers arrived within seven minutes of the 1:45 p.m. 911 call and had the suspected shooter, a teenager, in custody by 2 p.m. The gunman was tackled by a volunteer Townville firefighter, the station reports." - From Previous Story
Teachers then led the students to safety inside. 
McAdams gave a harrowing account of the moments after officials received a 911 call at 1:45 p.m. from a teacher in a Townville Elementary classroom, reporting the gunman on school grounds.
McAdams said he called the school’s front office to confirm the report, and then he and Brock rushed to the scene from his nearby farm. He said he learned from a front office receptionist that the shooter and the wounded were in the back of the school near the playground, so he and Brock pulled into the school’s rear parking lot.
McAdams said they immediately noticed a black pickup truck that was crashed into the playground area. Once they checked inside the truck and found no one inside, the two heard teachers asking for help for wounded students inside.
That’s when the two decided to split up, McAdams said. Brock suggested McAdams, a paramedic, go inside to offer medical assistance, while Brock continued to search for the gunman.
Inside the school, McAdams said he encountered Meghan Hollingsworth, a teacher who had been shot in the shoulder, but she refused treatment and directed him to the most seriously wounded student – 6-year-old Jacob Hall, who had been shot in the leg.
“She was telling us to take care of Jacob and not to worry about her,” McAdams said.
Hollingsworth, McAdams said, was one of the teachers who had earlier helped usher students to safety despite her injuries.
McAdams said he and a school nurse tended to the boy until other agencies arrived to assist them, and the child was transported via LifeFlight to a pediatric trauma center. Hollingsworth and another 6-year-old boy, who had been shot in the foot, were transported via ambulance to a hospital.
Around the same time, unbeknownst to McAdams, he said Brock had encountered the gunman near a rear corner of the school.
“He felt it was imperative to the safety of the students, the teachers, and all the responders onsite – he immediately confronted and subdued that shooter and was able to keep him on the ground until law enforcement placed him into custody,” McAdams said.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said earlier that Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, “just took him down” and stopped the teen before he could get inside the school.
Brock “wants to remain humble and quiet about it” as he believes “he did nothing any of the other volunteer firefighters wouldn’t have done,” Scott Stoller with Anderson County Emergency Management told the Associated Press.
Regardless, he said, “Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero.”
Brock did not speak Thursday, but in a statement read by McAdams, he said “true heroes of yesterday’s senseless tragedy are the teachers who put their lives on the line to protect the students.”
Wiping away tears, McAdams said the “devastating” incident has shaken the close-knit community.
“We’re gonna feel this for a real long time,” he said.
He asked for prayers for Jacob Hall,  who remained in critical condition Thursday.
Sheriff’s Lt. Sheila Cole said officers and forensic specialists were returning to the school Thursday morning to resume their investigation. Authorities also said audio from the 911 calls made after the shootings will not be released while the investigation is ongoing.

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Jacob Hall, 6, has been identified as one of the victims of the Townville, S.C., shooting on Sept. 28, 2016.
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Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the teen, crying and upset, called his grandmother’s cellphone at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said. The grandparents couldn’t understand what was going on, so they went to his home just 100 yards away. When they got there, they found Osborne dead and their grandson gone.
About one minute later, authorities received a 911 call from a teacher inside the school.
Avery said she was “heartbroken about this senseless act of violence” but credited the quick law enforcement response, the brave actions of teachers and staff and frequent school active shooter trainings with preventing more injuries.  
Television images showed officers swarming the school after the report of an active shooter. Some were on top of the roof while others were walking around the building. Students were driven away on buses accompanied by police officers to a nearby church.
Authorities said they don’t yet know a motive for the shooting and they were not sure if the students and teacher were targeted. The sheriff said the teen had been homeschooled.
“There are no racial undertones there. There’s no terrorism involved,” Major said. “We’re confident we have the sole shooter and no one else is involved.”
One of the students and the teacher were released from the hospital Wednesday evening, AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade said. 
The school surrounded by working farms has about 300 students in its pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade classrooms. About 90 percent of the students are white, according to state records.
“This is the country,” Brandi Pierce, the mother of a sixth-grader, told The Associated Press as she began to cry. “You don’t have this in the country.”
The mother of the teen suspect said his family is “shocked and saddened.”
In a statement that Pastor James South provided to local media outlets, Tiffney Osborne said the family “cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff.” A family spokesman later released this statement:
“Our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son and grandson.
We are praying and will continue to do so for the two precious children who were wounded, and for their courageous teacher who was wounded while rescuing the children.
We cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff.
We are thankful to have friends who have expressed their sympathy and support 2 Tiffney that the loss of her husband. Please pray for our family that the Lord will help us as we face this unimaginable ordeal.”
Authorities have not released the suspect’s name or age beyond saying he’s a teen.
The teacher wounded in the shooting, Meghan Hollingsworth, a first-grade teacher and mother of two who is in her 13th year of teaching, also was reluctant to talk. Both she and the student who was shot in the foot were transported in good condition.
“We are not interested in giving interviews or answering questions of any kind,” a sign posted on the front door of her home Thursday morning read.
“We ask that you respect our privacy,” the note said, while expressing appreciation for those concerned about her.

Story from: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/townville-elementary-school-shooting-hero-firefighter-tackled-elementary-school-gunman-officials-say/

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