ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. – A volunteer firefighter is being called a hero for confronting a teenage gunman accused of wounding a teacher and two students at an elementary school Wednesday.
Jamie Brock is a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department. Officials say he was the first to arrive to Townville Elementary School Wednesday afternoon after a 14-year-old student opened fire on the playground.
He wasn’t armed, but he managed to take the shooter down and stop him from firing any more shots.
Fire Chief Billy McAdams read a statement from Brock at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Brock said he wasn’t the true hero Wednesday.
The statement said:
“The true heroes of yesterday’s senseless tragedy are the teachers that put their lives on the line to protect their students, the principal who through fears of her own did what’s right to ensure the safety of the school. They deserve to be called heroes and to them I tip my hat.
“For the victims and for little Jacob who is fighting to survive, the young children affected by this and the parents who will be called upon to put the pieces back together, for my comrades, my brothers who witnessed what should never be witnessed and assisted alongside without hesitation, for all of these I ask for your prayers.
“My reaction to yesterday’s event was no different than any other fire or law enforcement personnel who their lives on the line to protect their communities every day.
“God’s plan is bigger and we are Crossville strong and this will not take us down. Brighter days are ahead as we begin to heal.”
One of the young victims of the shooting was treated and released from a hospital. Six-year-old Jacob Hall is in critical condition after undergoing surgery Wednesday afternoon.