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Greenville, SC July 31, 2019 – In the fall of 2018, Anderson County District One Schools made what turned out to be a lifesaving investment. They gave every employee the opportunity to take part in Active Shooter Response Training from ProActive Response Group. The training included instruction on how to stop massive bleeding, and the value of the course became apparent on July 22, 2019.

Clayton Porter, a teacher in Anderson School District One, was alone in his garage working on a project when the electric saw he was using kicked back and sliced open his left thigh. While bleeding profusely, Porter was able to contact his wife who called 911.

Clayton Porter Injury_blog

Another family member arrived and helped Porter retrieve his Bleeding Control Kit that he had purchased from ProActive Response Group after completing the training months before. The kit contained a North American Rescue CAT Tourniquet, which Porter applied to his left upper thigh. Doctors at the hospital confirmed that if Clayton had not applied the tourniquet and stopped the bleeding, he would have lost his life.

After hearing Porter’s story and realizing that this local teacher had lived out the training he had received from ProActive Response Group, Chad Ayers and Chris Martin, visited Porter and presented him with a new Bleeding Control Kit.

“This is why we do what we do,” said Ayers, Co-founder of ProActive Response Group. “We are so glad Anderson School District One took the initiative to equip their teachers and staff with lifesaving training. This is just one example of many where preparedness paid off.”


Bleeding Control Kit and Training Saves Anderson Teacher’s Life



Chad Ayers

Chad Ayers served as Sheriff’s Deputy for Greenville County in South Carolina for 12 years. He has worked undercover in multiple state and federal investigations and in high-pressure environments, including active shooter events and hostage negotiations. Chad was a member of the SWAT team, where he served as assistant team leader and also assisted in the creation and implementation of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office active shooter response program. Chad starred in season one of A&E TV’s Emmy-winning documentary LIVEPD and is a frequent guest commentator for FOX News, Law & Crime Network, and On Patrol Live.


Andy Sexton

Andy Sexton spent 12 years with the Greenville County Sheriff’s office in South Carolina, where he held the rank of Uniform Patrol Sergeant. His experience includes serving as an assistant SWAT team leader, involvement in high-risk incidents, including hostage rescues and the protection of dignitaries, working in criminal investigations (including armed robbery and homicide), and serving on the training committee for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

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