Fremont County Courthouse- Fremont County, IA

Determined to discourage complacency, Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Crecelius opened fire on Fremont County Courthouse staff Thursday afternoon, shooting County Attorney Corey Becker in the chest at close range before asking the remaining group seated in the court room, “What are you going to do?!” Crecelius requested the closing of the courthouse for an afternoon and gathering of staff members to address this failing.  He was on hand to present a training in ALiCE. The acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, and it is the latest thinking in active shooter situations. Anyone working at the courthouse who observed an armed intruder needs to get the word out to the rest of the courthouse, however possible.  In some cases that might be by using an “all page” feature on the phones, others might send out a mass text, or if all else fails, yell.  Crecelius warned not to just yell “intruder”  though, but to give enough information that everyone would know where he was and what direction he was headed. Read more