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Montgomery Co. Swat Team Trains to Save Lives
DAYTON -- We see them at every hostage situation in the Miami Valley. It's no doubt the Montgomery County Regional SWAT Team has a dangerous job.
Our reporter, Annette Peagler found out how they train for those life on the line situations.
The team trains at least twice per month. Major Daryl Wilson with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department is the leader of the team.
There are 21 members and the training includes real life dangerous scenarios to prepare them for episodes like the Yellow Springs standoff last week that claimed the life of Paul Schenck.
"Our team trains for high risk entries, hostage/rescue situations dignitary protection and other resources that law enforcement on the road may need help with," said Major Wilson.
One member, Scott Eversole has been part of the team for seven years. He's also traveled across the world learning life saving techniques to bring back to the SWAT team and the Eaton Police Department.
"I've been to New Mexico, Texas, been through training with LSU this week alone I was at Camp Sherman with the FBI doing sniper training....so I get some of the best training out there," said Eversole.
The team is made up of men from several law enforcement agencies.
"We try to think outside of the box we try to do every kind of training as possible, whether it's on bus a airplane, a house, a vehicle," said Major Wilson.
"The training is realistic and the more real scenarios you train in the better you are when it really comes down to it," said Dr. Alex Bedard also a member of the Montgomery County SWAT team.
However, the biggest benefit for these men is building a bond in order to trust one another in the line of duty.
"I enjoy the camaraderie with the other guys, the atmosphere. I enjoy the challenges that we take on and stuff ," said Eversole.
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