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Local officers trained by first-responders to Boston Marathon


Authorities are back from some active shooter training in New England and you could say their teachers have experience.

They were there when the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police Chief Brett Sprinkle, and Sgt. Eric Mitchell are both from Newburgh and the two learned a lot while they were in New Hampshire from some of the best in the business. Now, they want to pass their knowledge onto the community.

Chief Sprinkle and Sgt. Mitchell were going through 'active shooter training' at Sig Sauer Academy when they first heard about the Boston Bombing.

"We were out on the gun range when the instructors were giving us scenarios on different things," says Chief Sprinkle. "All of a sudden, they called us all together and said that the Boston Marathon had just been bombed. We thought it was a scenario, we actually thought it was a part of the class."

Unfortunately, it wasn't. Sprinkle and the rest of the class quickly figured that out by watching the footage on their phones. Sprinkle says two of his instructors were called to help secure the city to locate and arrest the suspects.

"The two instructors actually would train us during the day, and then in the evening they had to go and guard an area," says Sprinkle. "I think they went about 36-hours without sleep."

Sprinkle says his instructors were highly involved in trying to locate the Tsarnaev brothers, and that they may have been involved in the arrest of Dzokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown.

"They were actually on a team in Massachusetts that they go through situations," says Sprinkle. "They don't work the street, they're on this team that goes and deals with this kind of situation."

After completing the active shooter training, Sprinkle and Mitchell are now both qualified to teach the training themselves. Sprinkle says he may end up conducting classes that show school faculty and staff what to do in the event of a shooting.

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