Chardon hero teaches safety in schools 5 years after tragedy

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CHARDON, Ohio -- Five years ago after a gunman opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria, killing three students and wounding three others, the man championed for his heroism during the tragedy is doing his part to keep kids safe in their schools.

Former Chardon High School football coach Frank Hall attended a school conference on Monday in Mentor on behalf of the Coach Hall Foundation, which was formed after the shooting. The non-profit organization is geared toward protecting children in schools.

One of the goals is to secure funding for school resource officers in every school across the state. The Foundation is working with State of Ohio Representative John Patterson who is helping to draft legislation.

"This is about Danny, Demetrius and Russell and making sure what happened that day doesn't happen again," said Hall. "Those three men lost their lives that day and we don't want them to have died in vain."

Hall was among many other speakers at Monday's seminar at Mentor High School including Mark Barden of Sandy Hook Promise. Barden's son Daniel was one of twenty first grade students murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2014.

The shooter responsible for taking the lives of 16-year-old Danny Parmertor; Demetrius Hewlin, 16; and Russell King, Jr., 17, and injuring Joy Rickers, Nick Walczak, and another student, is serving three life sentences.

In a Twitter post Monday, Chardon Schools said:

"Yesterday, tomorrow, and especially today, we remember those we lost.  Sending thoughts and prayers to all who were touched by our tragedy."

**Additional coverage on the Chardon High School tragedy, here**


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