Local places of worship focus on security after Pittsburgh attack

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Arming themselves with more than just faith; local churches, synagogues and mosques say they’re all talking about security after the awful shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue. Balancing fear and faith is the task they’re tackling after the awful massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue.

“It’s just mind-blowing to think something so terrible could take place and you can’t help but think about what if something like that were to happen here,” said Fairfield Christian Church Worship Pastor Joel Reid.

Trained members of the congregation in Lancaster have been going through active shooter training for years.

“Every room we go into when we train with the teams we’ll go into a room and we’ll ask ourselves so okay if an active shooter came in what would we do?” said Todd Stevens with the church.

In Bexley, Congregation Agudas Achim recently underwent a $60,000 security upgrade.

“Obviously, in the wake of this news, we’re having meetings this week to talk about what changes might be appropriate,” said Ari Goldberg with the synagogue.

Places of worship taking security seriously; preparing for the worst, while leaning on a higher power to protect their flocks.

“I’m constantly just relying on God just to help me get through each and every single situation,” said Worship Pastor Reid.

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