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There is often a toll taken on first responders who race towards tragic events

Posted at 6:42 PM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 19:42:47-04

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (NBC 26) -- From the time the gunman entered the Oneida casino complex to the time that law enforcement shot and killed the man, only about 10 minutes had passed. But those minutes for those who were present will likely replay for a lifetime.

"It's chaotic, you have people running and people crying and screaming.... we don't know exactly who we're looking for right? Those are all challenges and that's what we train for," said Brown County Sheriff Todd Delaine at a press conference Monday morning.

Sheriff Delaine estimates there were likely several hundred people within the complex at the time of the shooting, and while most were trying to get out when the bullets rang out ems and law enforcement were trying to get in.

"The officers in our community did not hesitate to respond in their time of need. They should be commended for their bravery in handling this tragic situation," added Delaine.

Of the estimated 75 different law enforcement officers to arrive on the scene the Outagamie County Sheriff's office was one of them. Lt. Ryan Carpenter says for his officers who assisted, mental health resources are essential in not letting the stress of the event overwhelm them.

"It does, it does impact us. That's why we need to have an outlet and you need to have some sort of person you can talk to," says Lt. Carpenter.

Carpenter says in recent years law enforcement has taken an active approach to make sure first responders to tragic events are okay.

"Health and wellness is huge. If the officer is not well if they are having issues, they are dealing with then we're not serving the community the best way."

And while many who witnessed or experienced Saturday's shooting will likely be impacted in one way or another, local law enforcement hopes that those who responded to help won't be forgotten for the service they provided.

"We have to commend them for their bravery because not everyone can do that," adds Sheriff Delaine.