Event to recognize responders after Hesston shooting

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HESSTON, Kan. (KWCH) The City of Hesston is holding a ceremony Wednesday to recognize the first responders, support personnel, volunteers and others who came to help after the shooting in February.

It has been exactly 3 months since the shooting that killed 3 people and injured 14 others before he was shot and killed by police at the Excel plant.

"We will be recognizing and thanking more than 30 federal, state, and local agencies and volunteer groups that responded to this tragedy.” He went on to say “This evening is dedicated to expressing our heart-felt thanks to those who walked into harm’s way, those who played a valuable support role, and the many volunteers who were so giving to this unthinkable tragedy," Hesston Mayor David Kauffman said in a release.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder was one of the first to arrive on scene and is credited with killing the shooter. He will received a Medal of Valor at the event. The ceremony will also feature comments by President Obama.

In a press release, the city said originally it had planned to recognize about 250 people, but the number has grown to nearly 550.

The event is free and open to the public. It is being held at the Hesston Mennonite Church located at 309 South Main. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.