Manassas Fire Chief Describes Lockdown at Fort Hood

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    The Manassas volunteer fire chief heard the warnings about a gunman and saw the fear first hand while spending a few days working at Fort Hood. News4's Darcy Spencer spoke to him. (Published Friday, Apr 4, 2014)

    The Manassas volunteer fire chief heard the warnings about a gunman and saw the fear first hand while spending a few days working at Fort Hood.

    Matt Lausch was helping install a mass notification system on the base when he and some of his co-workers received text alerts to shelter in place. They spent several hours on lockdown in a jobsite work trailer.

    Some continued working while others watched the situation unfold on television and tried to stay connected on social media.

    “Initially it was a little unsettling, but as we got additional information from the reports that the news was broadcasting, it kind of de-escalated over time,” Lausch said.

    Lausch said the shooting was a reminder of the importance of the work he was there to do.