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    Mandalay Bay: The Incident, the Aftermath and the Importance of Peer Support Groups

     

    Sgt. Kathleen Vonk was the initial incident commander on October 1, 2017 when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip.  Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel.  Paddock killed 58 people.  Over 700 people were injured; some from Paddock’s gunfire and others from injuries they received in the ensuing panic.  Her work on heart rate and police performance under stress is highlighted in Ken Murray's book, Training at the Speed of Life and in Michael Asken’s two books, Mindsighting:  Mental Toughness for Police Officers in High Stress Situations and Warrior Mindset.