Fourteen Hannibal-Lagrange University students, including criminal justice majors, participated in an active shooter scenario on the Hannibal Regional Hospital campus on Saturday, April 20. This scenario was a training exercise which involved the Hannibal Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Hannibal Fire Department, the Marion County Ambulance District, Hannibal Regional Hospital, and Marion County 911.
HLGU students played the roles of the injured and deceased in this drill. Initially, law enforcement officers were notified of a mass shooting incident at the Hannibal Regional Medical Office Building. In this role-play exercise, officers and Special Emergency Response Team members searched the building and removed the active shooter threat.
After this, First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians were brought in to assess and triage the survivors of the incident. Following this assessment, the injured were removed and transported to area hospitals according to the severity of their injuries. Determinations were made whether to transport the injured by helicopter or by ambulance.
HLGU Security Chief Albert Higdon acted as the liaison between the Hannibal Police, Hannibal Regional Hospital and the participating HLGU students.
HLGU students participating included: Kenneth Stanger, Stephen Myers, Kayla Houchin, Katie Brandenburg, Lacey Colborn, John Dexheimer, Micah Smith, Jamileh Abdul-Kader, Austin Darnell, Jason Helsky, Tyler Brockhouse, James Townsend, Harry Jacobson and Brook Van Es.