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Rabbi says security training paid off in Texas synagogue standoff

Added 01-17-22 08:57:01am EST - “The Texas rabbi who was held hostage with three other people at his synagogue on Saturday said security courses the congregation participated in helped during the standoff.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Rabbi says security training paid off in Texas synagogue standoff”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Texas rabbi who was held hostage with three other people at his synagogue on Saturday said security courses the congregation participated in helped during the standoff.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker said in a statement that he and the three congregants are alive because of the security education they received.

He also urged other congregations, religious groups and schools to take part in similar active-shooter and security courses.

“Over the years, my congregation and I have participated in multiple security courses from the Colleyville Police Department, the FBI, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Secure Community Network,” Cytron-Walker said in the statement provided to The Hill through a spokesperson. “We are alive today because of that education.”

The rabbi said the hostage-taker “became increasingly belligerent and threatening” in the last hour of the standoff, adding that without the instruction, the group would not have been prepared to act and flee when the opportunity became available.

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