An active shooter drill today at Liberty Middle School in West Orange, N.J., tested the response of a dozen law enforcement agencies to a situation similar to last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“The protection of our young people is our highest priority,” West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi said in a statement. “Unfortunately, as we’ve seen in recent years, no school is immune to the possibility of an attack. This is an especially important drill because it increases our effort to provide safe and secure buildings for our students.”
Emergency responders took down four shooters making their way through the school on Tuesday as part of the drill. The exercise also included a car explosion and a helicopter overhead as first responders acted. Officials said it was good practice for the worst case scenario, CBS New York reports.
The New York Police Benevolent Association said on Facebook, "Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our brother, P.O. Brian Kessler, who was killed in a vehicle collision on his way home from work this morning. He was just 28 years old and had less than nine months on the job."