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A Community's Response

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If there's a silver lining in Monday's six deadly minutes at Trolley Square, it is the way the community responded to such an unthinkably tragic situation.

Foremost was the impressively quick and responsible way law enforcement reacted. On the scene within three minutes of the first 911 call! The deranged shooter "contained" just minutes later! Intuitively, they followed procedures learned from similar situations in other communities and prevented additional carnage. It was especially impressive to observe the interagency coordination that took place.

Then there was the night's hero - off-duty police officer Kenneth Hammond from Ogden. Thank goodness he did what he did - so efficiently, so professionally, and so selflessly.

What of the many quiet heroes? Store owners and employees and patrons who brought some order to chaos! Neighbors taking in strangers! Medical personnel expeditiously doing what they've trained for! And so many others!

Our hearts genuinely go out to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one or a friend. KSL shares your overwhelming grief. Those who were wounded, both physically and emotionally, are in our prayers. And we, too, want to learn why an 18-year-old man would do such a horrible thing.

Yet, we're buoyed by the way the community has responded, which assures us recovery is on the horizon.

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