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Hubbard churches hold safety training

HUBBARD — Members of Cornerhouse Christian Church and Hubbard Church of the Nazarene came together recently to host ALICE training coordinated by Hubbard police officers.

Hubbard police officers Chris Moffitt and Robert Thompson presented ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) to more than 40 church and community members.

Moffitt said they speak to many groups from businesses, churches and schools in Hubbard and Hubbard Township.

“We provide the programs no matter what the setting is. It is basically what to do inside the building when someone comes in with a weapon and is shooting. We now have to barricade and evacuate,” he said.

Thompson said ALICE trainings are done for churches nationwide. He said they have been to local churches, including one in Youngstown where a person was shot in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the south side a few years ago.

“Years ago, people and students in schools had to worry about fire drills and tornado drills, and today it is now teaching the public what to do when an intruder comes into the building trying to kill people. Just like we practice tornado and fire drills, we also practice this,” Moffitt said.

He said the world has changed, with more and more incidents of mass shootings at different buildings, including places of worship.

Judy Longley of Hubbard said she was the one who suggested to her pastor at Cornerhouse Christian Church to offer the ALICE training. She said she wanted to learn how to help people who were bleeding or injured by applying first aid or making a tourniquet.

“I have always felt safe here at the church. But I understand what has happened in the world,” she said.

Longley said she wants families to feel safe when they come to church or wherever they go.

Don Kennedy of Hubbard said people just need to keep an eye out.

Longley said people from Howland and other communities attended the training.

“We want people to feel safe and know how to be prepared,” Longely said.

Pastor David Coxson of Cornerhouse Christian Church said his church was glad to combine with the Hubbard Nazarene Church.

Pastor Blaze Wood of the Nazarene church said it was a good experience.

“I am co-pastor at the church where such a training has been discussed and working with first responders in emergency situations. We learned what to do if we are backed into a corner,” Wood said.

Coxson said the local churches often get together for joint community events. Chestnut Ridge Church in Hubbard also takes part in activities with the other two Hubbard churches.

“It is important to come together for important trainings and events like this,” Coxson said.

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