December 6, 2016
DURANT – On Monday afternoon, Dec. 5, lives may have been saved from an “active shooter” at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Child Development Center. That’s when a drill was held to test staff and the newly installed bullet-resistant door shields and windows, and security locks at the building in Durant.
A number of Choctaw Nation and law enforcement officials, security business professionals, members of the press, and other interested program representatives were on hand to see if the new installation worked.
The system was triggered, instantly locking interior doors of the facility. Then, Threat Assessment Specialist Warren Pulley, of Eastvale, Calif., tried to open each door in the lobby and down the hallway.
“Okay. It’s a hundred percent,” Pulley announced, as he jiggled the final test door and took note of the red flashing light by the handle. “We were able to lock 15 doors with the push of one button.”
While the exterior doors of the center already had “panic system” fixtures, now, if a real situation were to occur, the people and the facility are far better prepared – and equipped – to deal with what could happen.
The installation and demonstration were arranged by Boyd Miller, Preferred Supplier Program Commodity Manager with the Choctaw Nation Procurement Department, along with Choctaw Nation Facilities Management Director Nick Cody and Assistant Director Ken Blaylock.
Miller explained the new three-part system.
“First, there is the automatic door lock,” Miller said. “Then there is the bullet-proof door shield, and finally the bullet-proof window by the door.”
If a bullet hits the window, it will not break, but will put a shatter pattern across the glass, making it impossible to see through. The actual procedure also results in doors at the facility remaining locked until First Responders arrive on the scene.
Choctaw tribal member and business woman Sage Dyer, of Orange County in California, invented the SaferAmerica products.
“We have intruder alerts at schools every day in California,” Dyer said. “You only hear about the ones where someone is killed, but it was getting out of hand.”
What Dyer noticed is that the proposed solutions mostly addressed counseling and other social factors for prevention, but, she said, “Nothing was being done to stop the bullets.”
That’s when she came up with SaferAmerica’s Remote Classroom Lockdown System, Bullet Resistant Door Shield, and Window Security Laminate.
After working with public schools in California and other companies, Dyer decided to work with her own tribe. “I still have lots of family in Broken Bow,” she said.
Her company quickly teamed with Warren Pulley, whose past careers include serving with the military and Los Angeles Police Department. After the demonstration at the Choctaw Nation facility, Pulley was headed to the country of Jordan on a security assignment.
The Child Development Center is the first Choctaw Nation facility to receive the SaferAmerica security installation. Now that the system is a proven success, according to Miller, “There are three more locations in southeast Oklahoma we are looking at to put in the system, and all are child related.”
To learn more about the Choctaw Nation Preferred Suppliers Program, visit https://preferredsuppliers.choctawnation.com online.
For Warren Pulley’s RyPul Threat Assessments, go to www.rypulassessments.com.