Collier woman, Vegas shooting survivor credits active shooter training

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NAPLES, Fla. A Collier County active shooter training course might have saved a woman’s life during this month’s Las Vegas shooting.

Tracey Ramsay thanked instructor and Collier County Sheriff’s Sgt. Neal Bohannon for teaching her the techniques.

She believes they spared her from becoming a statistic when she attended the music festival that was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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“I thought if I had to fight to get us out of here, I would, because that’s what you told us to do,” Ramsay told Bohannon.

Ramsay believes her training helped her react in the midst of terror.

“This is one of those situations I never expected to be in, never, never,” she said. “No one would move. We were wall-to-wall people.”

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Her composure was key, Bohannon said. Situational awareness, not constantly looking down at a smartphone screen and knowing where the exits are can make a difference for anyone in her position, according to the sheriff’s office.

“If nothing else, those little things made her more calm and think more clearly in that situation,” Bohannon said.

Click here for more information on booking a Collier County Sheriff’s active shooter training presentation.

In Lee County, an active shooter training presentation will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at 8595 College Parkway, Unit 300. Lee County Sheriff’s deputy Scott Griffith will conduct the class.

Registration is free and space is available. Email

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