Dayton Metro Library Executive Director Tim Kambitsch released the following statement today to all Library staff and the public, regarding the incident that occurred on Third Street in front of the Main Library on August 26.
First, let me say that entire Dayton Metro Library family is shaken by the incident which took place Monday night on East Third Street. I know you all join me in sending your most heartfelt condolences for the families involved.
Both last night and this morning I have personally spoken to staff and I am so proud of how we responded in the midst of such a crisis. After hearing the collision on the street, our staff and United Protection Services security reacted immediately to secure safety for patrons, as well as pedestrians. As a precaution, children and adults in the Children’s Area were taken to the closed staff hallway. All other patrons were encouraged to move away from the Third Street side of the building.
When the Dayton Police Department indicated the suspect was contained, to aid the police in their investigation, the Main Library closed. All staff and patrons cleared the building within about 30 minutes. We apologize for the disruption to our Call Center, but know that you all understand the reasons and rationale.
This morning, we were able to resume normal operating hours. We will continue to aid DPD as they work to piece together the details. Investigators received copies of security video footage early Tuesday morning, released under exigent circumstances.
Moving forward, we have reached out to the Montgomery County Victim’s Witness Division in hopes that they can provide more details about the victims, but at this time we only know what is being reported in the news. Please know, for any DML staff member, contractor or volunteer, we encourage the use of our Employee Assistance Program to help with the emotional impact of this and other recent events in Dayton. We will schedule a crisis debriefing with the Victim’s Witness Division in the near future.
Finally, I want to thank Dayton Metro Library staff, US Protection security officers, and Robinson’s Janitorial Service employees for their quick and concerted efforts in response to the events of last night. The strength of our team was quite evident last night and early this morning. You make me proud.
Dayton Metro Library
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