Cynthiana Church holds active shooter response course

The Cynthiana First Church of God invited law enforcement to give the congregation advice on handling and active shooter situation.

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Footage from a 2010 school board shooting in Panama City, Florida was used as film study for the Cynthiana First Church of God during an active shooter response course.

“We want to be as prepared as possible,” said Senior Pastor Earl Litman.

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Litman invited members of the Cynthiana Police Department to lead the course after a recent scare where a man came into the church while yelling and walking toward the pastor during a service.

“A couple of our men were able to escort him out and take care of the situation, but everyone else just kind of froze,” said Litman.

Officers engaged the church about the best ways to escape, hide or fight an active shooter. They also showed some common mistakes made when people are scared, like hiding in plain sight.

“We need to be ahead of the curve so that if danger comes knocking at our door, that we’re not an easy target,” said Youth Pastor Jake Carr.

Mass shootings at places of faith like the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina also inspired Pastor Litman to try educating himself and his congregation.

“As the Pastor of the church and the shepherd of this flock, I want to protect them to the best of our ability,’ said Litman.