Davis speaks to Rotarians about active shooter situations

by | April 13, 2018 11:08 am

   The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its April 9 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro.
   Ken Warnock welcomed all, called the meeting to order, and requested from Dori Johnson an update on the upcoming Pine Tree Festival pageants on April 28. The Rotarians then collectively welcomed Milton Gray’s guest, Pattie Hendley, and Stephanie Fagler’s guest, Rocky Davis.
   Richard McNeely gave the invocation, and Fagler led the pledge and Rotary Four-Way Test.
   Gray then introduced Davis, the meeting’s speaker. Chief Deputy Davis has been a sworn law enforcement officer since the year 2000, with all of that service as an employee of the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office. Davis was appointed chief deputy in 2013 by Sheriff Stephens. Prior to that, he supervised the investigations division. In his capacity as chief deputy, he is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the entire agency, under the direction of Sheriff Stephens. Davis is a 2005 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is also a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement instructor. Davis is supported in the administration of the agency by the supervisors of the administrative, uniform, detention and investigations divisions.
   While on hand, Davis provided an overview of a civilian response to active shooter course.  This course is offered as in-service training for deputies, officers from surrounding agencies, schools, and churches. Davis informed the Rotarians that the course is all about stress management. Nationally, response time after an incident is approximately three minutes. What civilians do in that three minutes until law enforcement arrives is crucial. Davis emphasized that people should “think ahead” and said the public should not wait to figure out what they could or should do in a situation. Instead, he offered this tip: take notice of potential defensive weapons and barricades in time of need. He also spoke about the three new terms relevant to active shooter situations—avoid the shooter by moving to safety, deny the shooter access, and be defensive by being ready to fight. He also suggested being proactive and told the Rotarians to say something if they see something.
   Davis also reminded all to lock their vehicles. The majority of vehicle thefts, he said, can be prevented if the vehicles are locked.
   The Rotary member profile for the April meeting was Dori Johnson. A registered nurse, she opened Dot’s Boutique in downtown Swainsboro in 2012 and moved to a larger location at 338 East Main Street in 2017. She and her husband, Clay, have three children. The Johnsons attend Canoochee Baptist Church.
   Ken Warnock ended the meeting by encouraging all members to watch the Rotary video, “Every 15 Minutes,” a community education program by the Rotary Club of Lakewood, California, which focuses on drinking and driving. The video also highlighted the outcome of alcohol-related car accidents. The program is aimed juniors and seniors in high school. “Every 15 Minutes” uses high school students and community members to re-enact a fatal car crash, the arrest, courtroom proceedings, and a funeral. To watch it, visit https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/makeups/articles/every-15-minutes/.
   The Rotary Club of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International and a member of District No. 6920. Find out more about Rotary International at www.rotary.org. Also, Swainsboro Rotary can be reached on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SwainsboroRotary.

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