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OSU Terror Attack & Its Aftermath on the Officer

Event Details

Location: Online
Region: All Members
Type: Webinar
Timezone: EST
Start Date: February 20, 2020, 1:00 pm
End Date: February 20, 2020, 2:00 pm






Officer Alan Horujko joined The Ohio State University Police Division in January 2015. On November 28, 2016, Officer Horujko acted swiftly to end an attack on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. His quick and effective response ended the tragic incident within seconds and almost certainly prevented additional injuries. Officer Horujko credits Ohio State’s first-rate active aggressor law enforcement training for his actions and remains thankful to all first responders that assisted OSUPD.
In addition to his daily patrol duties, Officer Horujko is a member of OSUPD’s Special Response Team (SRT), the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), crime scene team and is a trained bike officer. He enjoys serving as a certified Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructor, providing self-defense classes to empower women at Ohio State. An Ohio State alumnus, Horujko holds a Bachelor of Arts in Security and Intelligence. He also graduated from the Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) law enforcement program in 2013. Prior to joining OSUPD, Horujko worked one year as a sworn peace officer for Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Presentation Summary – Ohio State University Terror Attack

I, Officer Alan Horujko, will share my personal experience as the first officer on the scene who stopped an ISIS-inspired terrorist on the Ohio State University Campus. I will briefly focus on the tactical breakdown of the attack and the officer-involved shooting. I will share some of the lessons taught by our firearms and tactics training teams which helped keep me focused and psychologically prepared for such an event. I will discuss the importance of mental health awareness for first responders and share my personal experiences during and post-incident. This will include how I felt immediately after, the week after, a few months later and three years later. I will conclude with lessons learned by our department and administration with a focus on looking out for your officers immediately following a critical incident.


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