First Responders Emotionally Recount Parkland School Tragedy

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  • First responders from Coral Springs met with the media on Friday to recount the moments after 17 people lost their lives in the shooting.

  • Officers from the neighboring city to the Parkland campus were among the first to arrive on February 14th.

Just over a week after one of the worst days in their professional lives, first responders from Coral Springs met with the media on Friday to recount the moments after 17 people lost their lives in the tragic mass shooting inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Officers from the neighboring city to the Parkland campus were among the first to arrive on Feb. 14, a scene that hit close to home for some of the first responders who have ties to the school.

Sgt. Jeff Heinrich had to fight back tears when describing the reaction he had dealing with his job and the knowledge that both his wife, a teacher at Douglas, and son were in the school.

“By the grace of God, my wife and son who were at opposite ends of the school both heard the fire alarm and decided to evacuate,” Heinrich said, adding that the school is his family. “Not only my personal family, but my Douglas family.”

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“What bothers me is that I wish I had gotten there sooner,” said Chris Crawford, a 15-year member of the department. “For me, I’m glad I could help just one kid. Or two kids. I wish I could have helped them all.”


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