BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been more than 14 years since two gunmen opened fire on their classmates at Columbine High School in Colorado, killing thirteen people before killing themselves, but the emergency responders who were there that day are determined to help others learn from the tragedy.
"It was a tough day. It is something that's embedded in my mind and it will be there forever," stated Jay Ruoff, division chief of operations for the Littleton, Colorado Fire and Rescue Department.
"We should have been ready for this. We weren't ready," he admitted. "We thought we were ready, but how do you train for this? How do you plan for a school shooting? And now, since the Columbine incident, I look at every school shooting that occurs and the main theme that comes out of that is, 'we never thought that this could happen in our community'."