Montco officials host safety discussion for religious leaders following Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Jim Melwert
November 27, 2018 - 4:04 pm
In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Montgomery County officials host a discussion for religious leaders dealing with prevention and safety, but also with the possible aftermath of a major event.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) —  In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Montgomery County officials host a discussion for religious leaders dealing with prevention and safety, but also with the possible aftermath of a major event. 

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh says the idea for the event started with a vigil on the county courthouse steps in the days following the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh.

“It’s really sad we have to have an event like this, it’s something that the community understands is very necessary and unfortunately very real," Arkoosh said. 

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Reverend Carlos Bounds with Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Norristown says events like this help to remind everyone that precautions are being taken to keep people as safe as possible.

“We trust that God can protect but he also gives us common sense to make decisions," Bounds said. 

Arkoosh says while improving security and responding to danger are important parts of the presentation, there’s also a focus on prevention and dealing with the aftermath, being prepared to provide counselors, or to deal with other issues in advance.