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Community of Heroes: Santa Clarita Valley

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The first responders of the Saugus High School shooting are to be admired for their courage and response. In the air, one could smell the burned rubber from the tires of first responder vehicles as hundreds of heroes made their way to the High School. Off-duty officers, deputies and medical personnel, even from far away, quickly arrived at the scene. Federal agencies and helicopters also appeared as the community soon became aware of the senseless act. Reporters from all news agencies then came, some taking video cameras to the roofs of nearby homes.

Community of Heroes

The first responders of the Saugus High School shooting are to be admired for their courage and response. In the air, one could smell the burned rubber from the tires of first responder vehicles as hundreds of heroes made their way to the High School. Off-duty officers, deputies and medical personnel, even from far away, quickly arrived at the scene. Federal agencies and helicopters also appeared as the community soon became aware of the senseless act. Reporters from all news agencies then came, some taking video cameras to the roofs of nearby homes.

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Active Shooter Drill Performed Weeks Before

All of the first responders, school staff, and students are heroes for the way everyone did their part in the aftermath of the tragedy. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson stated, “follow the directions, run, if you can’t run, hide, if you can’t hide, then you do something, you fight back, and the kids the school yesterday did all the above, they did as they were trained. We had an active shooter drill just in the last few weeks at the School and we had evidence that the kids ran as they were told to run. Kids that barricaded themselves, they sheltered in place, they covered the windows, propped the doors shut and they did exactly as they were trained and that definitely assisted and then when the time came to provide aid to those who were injured, they took them in and provided first aid as they were waiting for our first responders. Kudos for a job well done, and hopefully a job we never have to do again.” 

Saugus Maintenance Employee a Hero

According to Kathleen Rubio Takeshita, “Also a maintenance employee for Saugus ran towards where the shooter was. His name is Scott Gore, his daughter goes to Saugus. Scott saw his [daughter] running and told her to keep running and he went towards danger. He is truly a hero.”

Off-Duty Detective, Officers First to Arrive

Three off-duty officers were the first to arrive on the scene after the shooting. Officer Gus Ramirez from LAPD, Officer Sean Yanez from the Inglewood Police Department, and Detective Daniel Finn from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments. Finn just dropped his girlfriend’s son off at Saugus High. 

Detective Finn was the first to reach the victims and the one to notify the local Sheriff’s station. 

The apparent suspect of the mass shooting has succumbed to his injuries from what appears to be a suicide attempt after being in critical condition. The suspect killed two children and harmed others. GoFundMe pages are setup, and donation programs are being organized to support the victims. 

Link to Gracie Anne Muehlberger Donations GoFundMe Page: GoFundMe

Link to Dominic Michael Blackwell Donations GoFundMe Page: GoFundMe

Link to Support Saugus High Students and Staff GoFundMe Page: GoFundMe

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, “it still remains a mystery why.”

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