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Crisis exercise in Johnstown school hallways

Police hone skills to find shooter in nightmare case

From left, John Silva, Mike Maginnis, and Rick Richardson, members of the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team, clear a hall at Johnstown High School as part of a training exercise Wednesday afternoon.
Photographer: John Enger
From left, John Silva, Mike Maginnis, and Rick Richardson, members of the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team, clear a hall at Johnstown High School as part of a training exercise Wednesday afternoon.
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The dim halls of Johnstown High School echoed with shouted orders and flickered under the beams of tactical flashlights mounted on AR-15s and pump shotguns. Rick Richardson, affectionately known as Dick Dick by his fellow officers, hefted a 14-pound Kevlar shield and pointed his Glock 9mm around a hall corner like an extension of his arm. “Tell me what you see,” said Sgt. Marc Porter. “Two doors on the left. Doors on the right,” he ...


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