Armed "citizen guards" protect military recruiting center in Florence

07/23/2015 01:31 PM

FLORENCE — After the killing of five military members in Tennessee last week citizens in several states — including Kentucky are serving as aremed guards at military recruiting centers.

Gov. Beshear issued an executive order on Wednesday directing Kentucky Adjutant General Edward Tonini to take any necessary steps to boost security at National Guard facilities, and reiterating a 2013 order allows service members to carry concealed weapons.

Even so, Lawrenceburg, Indiana resident Jeff May stationed him outside the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Florence all day on Wednesday to protect the military personnel inside from a potential attack.

“As a citizen of the United States of America, I decided to come out and help pitch in and protect them as best as I could,” May said.

May was joined throughout the day by other armed supporters including a number of veterans.

Citizens in the area showed their support by delivering water, food and voicing their support to the men who call themselves “citizen guards.”

While recruiters inside the center officially had no comment on the “citizen guards,” May said that they have been welcomed by members of the armed forces who work there.

“The commanding officer came out and he greeted us and thanked us for showing up,” he said. “We were allowed to come in and use the bathroom, cool down.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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