Dayton shooting: First responders praised for their efforts

Hundreds of people who work for the city of Dayton and other jurisdictions provided “heroic service” to respond to the deadly shooting on Aug. 4 in the Oregon District, Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said this week.

One of the worst mass shootings in Ohio’s history led to a massive response from first-responders and other agencies, which included 14 federal, state, Montgomery County and other local jurisdictions, Dickstein said.

Dayton police officers bravely engaged gunman Connor Betts, shooting and killing him about 32 seconds after he started his killing spree, officials said.

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But other Dayton and government personnel played critical roles, applying first aid and torniquettes, performing CPR, comforting victims, securing the crime scene, collecting physical and digital evidence and investigating the tragedy, she said.

“There was a lot of heroic service provided across the organization and across the region,” Dickstein said.

The Dayton Fire Department responded with eight medics, six fire engines, three ladder trucks and other specialized units.

Seven other jurisdictions sent a dozen additional medics, and five jurisdictions provided fire station fill-in support, Dickstein said.

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Recreation and youth service staff provided facilities support at the Dayton Convention Center for the emergency operations and communications centers, she said.

The department also provide space and coordinated with the Red Cross to create the family assistance center, and multiple city departments worked around the clock to get residents and media accurate information about the shooting in a timely manner, Dickstein said.

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