Real training saves lives.

Training Success Stories

We teach how to overcome

the “victim” mentality.

To survive an active shooter event or other emergency, people must stop viewing themselves as victims and start acting like survivors. Then, they can effectively use their training to survive and save lives. Read the stories below of how people have used the equipment and skills acquired through Active Shooter Response Training to protect their own lives or someone else’s. Ready to get trained in emergency response? Contact us today through the form on this page.

Civilian Treats Injured Teenage Boy

He Found in a Car Accident

Jeremy was on his way home from after working second shift when he happened upon a severe car accident on I-85. He found 13-year-old Grayson, who had been ejected from the vehicle and was bleeding severely from his shoulder.

Just a few weeks before this incident, Jeremy had gone through the Active Shooter Response Training and Emergency Bleeding Control Training with ProActive Response Group and purchased a Bleeding Control Kit, which he kept in his car. Jeremy grabbed the kit and began packing Grayson’s injured shoulder with wound packing gauze. He also wrapped it with a pressure dressing and applied pressure until the fire department arrived.

Grayson was life flighted to the hospital, where trauma doctors confirmed that Jeremy’s actions saved Grayson that day. The ProActive team later had the chance to meet Grayson and introduce him to Jeremy, his first responder.

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Anderson School Teacher Applies

His Own Tourniquet

Anderson school teacher, Clayton Porter, completed Active Shooter Response Training with ProActive Response Group in 2018. The following year, he was at home working on a project with his electric saw when the saw kicked back and sliced open his leg. Using the one-hand application C-A-T tourniquet in his Bleeding Control Kit, Clayton was able to stop the bleeding until EMS arrived. His training saved 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.

Norfolk Resident Proves Tourniquets Aren’t

Just for Active Shooter Situations

Nobody can know when they walk into an Active Shooter Response Training Class that they’re going to use that training to save a life within a year.

Nobody can know that the very kit they purchase on a whim after class will later be used to keep someone alive until professional help arrives. None of us know these things – Jim Rogers didn’t know them when he attended an Active Shooter Response Training Class in the spring of 2019.

About a year after Jim attended an Active Shooter Response Training Class in Norfolk, Virginia and bought a Bleeding Control Kit, his skills were put to the ultimate test. Jim was working when a contractor onsite had a serious injury and needed immediate help. The contractor was bleeding profusely from his arm and attempts were being made to stop the bleeding with direct pressure, but Jim could see it wasn’t working. Emergency responders were on their way but were still several minutes out. The victim mentioned that he was getting lightheaded. Something had to be done quickly.

Jim kept his Bleeding Control Kit in his car, which contained a CAT Tourniquet. He retrieved the kit, and when he applied the tourniquet to the injured man, the bleeding visibly began to slow. Immediately, he felt the situation calm as well.

EMS later transported the injured man to the hospital, where he experienced a quick recovery. Without Jim’s trained response and willingness to help, the outcome may have been very different.

When ProActive Response Group heard Jim’s story, we sent Jim a new Bleeding Control Kit to replace the one he used. We hope he doesn’t need it again, but if he does, he’s ready.

Training Success Stories



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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