Youngstown State University- Youngstown, OH 

MacGyver has nothing on Youngstown State University police officer Don Cox. “MacGyver” was a 1980s TV show in which a secret agent solved complex problems by using ordinary objects. Tuesday, while showing university residence-hall workers how to defend themselves against a gunman inside one of the buildings, Cox showed the students how to lock a door – with a belt. YSU Police Chief John Beshara said he recently sent two of his officers, Cox and Terry Rounds, to special training to be certified as ALICE instructors, the system recommended for dealing with mass shootings. It means Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Beshara said there have been ALICE training sessions on campus, but Tuesday was the first time it was given to people in the residence halls. “You have to be flexible in these situations. It’s always dynamic and fluid.” “You have to commit yourselves,” Cox said. “You have to tell yourself, ‘I am not going to be a victim.’” Read more