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- University History
- UNC Charlotte Oral History Interviews
- Niner Nation Remembers Oral History Project
- John Bogdan oral history interview 2020 January 9
John Bogdan oral history interview 2020 January 9
John Bogdan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Security, shares his personal account of working to manage the campus emergency response to the April 30th shooting, while headquartered in the Police and Facilities Management building on UNC Charlotte's campus. Colonel Bogdan describes his background in emergency operations and how he came to be employed with the University only a year before the shooting occurred. Colonel Bogdan describes in detail the decisions which were made in the hours after the shooting was reported, and aid that was received from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Mecklenburg EMS services (Medic), Charlotte Douglas International Airport and other city entities. Colonel Bogdan describes lessons learned from managing the campus lockdown and speaks to the future possibility of establishing a hot zone that would be cleared prior to lifting a lockdown. He acknowledges that the teamwork of emergency services, campus police and others, led to the shooter being in custody and the campus locked down in around seven minutes- an extraordinary feat for a campus as large as UNC Charlotte. Colonel Bogdan ends the interview by discussing his thoughts on how best to remember an event as tragic as a campus shooting.