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Springboro police chief assisting after Las Vegas shooting

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
By: Lawrence Budd - Staff Writer

Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff was on the Las Vegas strip Wednesday, talking with police officers and others in the aftermath of the mass shooting.

“Right now I’m standing at one of the memorial sites, talking and praying with them,” Kruithoff said on Wednesday.

Kruithoff was there with Rapid Response Chaplains sent to there by Billy Graham Ministries.

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“People are very open,” Kruithoff said, adding he had spoke with people with lost friends or among those killed or injured in the shooting.

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At the scene in Las Vegas, police have established a perimeter comprising five blocks, resulting in creation of three or four roadside memorials along Las Vegas Boulevard, Kruithoff said.

“They are spontaneous. They build on themselves,” he said, standing in front of Luxor Resort & Casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd.

Kruithoff, who specializes in making contact with first responders, said he was part of a contingent of chaplains that arrived after midnight.

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“We have not been able to get any inroads into any of the first responder community,” he said, although another chaplain was trying to make contact at a local fire station.

Kruithoff said he was chatting with police working the perimeter and parked in squad cars parked every 100 yards along Las Vegas Boulevard.

“Some of them will take a prayer,” he said.