When Dennis Marx tried to storm the Forsyth County Courthouse Friday, little did he realize the deputy who would stop him had just completed one-of-a-kind training two days earlier.
James Daniel Rush, a Forsyth County deputy, is one of 280 law enforcement members required to pass highly-specialized training twice annually.
"We just try to overload their senses with sounds and visual effects," explained Forsyth County Sgt. Richard Thompson, who created the grueling and highly-realistic drill.
The drill is similar to how SWAT members train, except Forsyth County requires all of its deputies to participate, all the way down to school resource officers.
"When they get into a fire fight, I want their mind to say I've been here before, and I know what to do," said Thompson.
The training, which takes place in Pickens County, involves live fire, mock victims and moving targets.
"Your adrenaline gets up; you have to watch everything." explained Deputy First Class Chris Glowcheski, upon completing the four-minute long drill.
In fact, Thompson pointed out the first people to respond to Friday's shooting were not SWAT members, rather deputies. He said how successfully they responded demonstrates the effectiveness of their training. "They train to this level and can operate just as effectively as our SWAT guys can under pressure; we push them to that limit."
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