Community reacts to Virginia Beach Shooting

Every year the Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department hosts their annual chicken Barbeque. But it wasn't just the delicious grilled chicken that was on the minds of some of the people there.

Posted: Jun 2, 2019 6:17 PM

DEERFIELD,N.Y- Every year the Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department hosts their annual chicken Barbeque. But it wasn't just the delicious grilled chicken that was on the minds of some of the people there. After Friday's shooting in Virginia Beach, the community's thoughts are with the people there. 

"It's a terrible situation and I personally have friends that are on the Virginia beach fire department. I've spoken to them and they said it's been a terrible couple of days for them. It's very traumatic and we always have to be safe and aware," said Deerfield Fire Chief Kevin Powers.

Some said that we as a society have now become too numb to these sort of situations, and they are beginning to become everyday occurrences.

There was a lot of upset over Columbine 20 years ago. You know you just don't see that anymore. The news is like oh well here's a shooting," said Barbara Evans.

Chief Powers said that these types of situations are something that no one can be prepared for.

"I think that we would do the best job that we ever could. I don't think you could be prepared for a situation like that for any situation like that. With the training programs that we have in Oneida county. It's something that we talk about in our monthly training that we go to as possibilities and that something that we do have to be prepared for."

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