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Firefighter Praised For Tackling Teen Gunman And Preventing School Massacre

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Firefighter Praised For Tackling Teen Gunman And Preventing School Massacre

A volunteer firefighter has been hailed a 'hero' after he tackled a teenage gunman and prevented a potential school massacre.

Jamie Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, arrived on the scene before emergency services and managed to wrestle the boy to the ground.

Authorities said the unnamed teen had shot two students and a teacher outside a South Carolina primary school after killing his father at their home.

"He risked his life to mitigate this incident," said Anderson County emergency services director Taylor Jones.

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"He used enough force to take him to the ground."

According to reports, the teenage gunman shot his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne, in the chest then drove a pickup truck about two miles to the school.

However, Brock's heroic, quick-thinking actions allowed a teacher time to get students inside the building before anything terrible could happen.

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He has been praised by the community and on social media for what he did but has insisted he "wants to remain humble and quiet about it" as he believes "he did nothing any of the other volunteer firefighters wouldn't have done."

Scott Stoller with Anderson County Emergency Management added: "Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero."

He certainly is! It's hard to imagine how you would act in that situation but his quick-thinking potentially saved hundreds of lives.

Featured image credit: Townville Volunteer Fire Department

Topics: hero, Firefighter

Sian Broderick
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