State Police major calls Texas massacre “so devastating”

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TOWN OF WALLKILL – Calling the Texas school massacre “so devastating,” New York State Police Troop F Commander Major Paul DeQuarto said all law enforcement remains vigilant.

DeQuarto, whose territory in the Hudson Valley, covers the counties of Greene, Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland, said police continue to remain on their toes.

“It puts everyone on a heightened sense of alert, but what happened out there is something is unexplainable, and it does affect all of us,” he said. “We always have great interactions with the schools – we make sure our troopers are always interacting with the schools – but any time there is an event like this, we do try to heightening awareness at our schools just to get that sense of safety and security to the schools.”

Nineteen fourth-grade students and two teachers were killed in the small Texas town and the delayed police response has been called into question by Texas officials.