A sad sign of the times: Police advise church on handling shooters

Mark Prosser delivers remarks at Sunday’s noon mass.

BY DOLORES CULLEN

“Run, Hide, Fight,” were the instructions given by Mark Prosser to congregations at masses at St. Mary’s Church last weekend, in the event of an active shooter in the church. “And if you are cornered, throw your missalettes, throw your shoes, purses, toys, scramble, fight.”

Prosser, who is a deacon at the church and director of public safety for the City of Storm Lake, said he tries to keep his ministry life and professional life separate, “however trends we’re seeing in our nation and around the world have caused that to change a bit.”

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