Safety & Security: Emergency Response
- Personal Trainer's Death During Fitness Test Stuns Family
by Angie Jackson September 2018
Three days before his unexpected death, Jeff Tant posted his last photo to Instagram. The 35-year-old focused his gaze at the camera, his face glistening with sweat and his brow slightly furrowed. "Saturday evening at the track: 5x100m sprint 6x400m run," he captioned the selfie. Tant was training for a physical fitness test to become a Charleston police officer. The personal trainer and boxing instructor probably could've passed the agility test without any preparation, but he didn't want to just pass: He wanted to ace it. A longtime athlete with a competitive streak, Tant's loved ones said he was the epitome of health. He spent Saturday mornings leading clients through grueling CrossFit-style workouts in his backyard gym. One cellphone video showed him walking on his hands between rows of punching bags. And most times, when others reached for junk foods, he craved Greek salads.
- HS Player Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Game, Dies
by Courtney Mickens August 2018
People in Byhalia, Mississippi are mourning the death of Dennis Mitchell, a high school football player, after he suffered cardiac arrest during a game and later died at the hospital.
- Shooting at 'Madden' Event Claims Lives
by Florida Times-Union August 2018
A 24-year-old Maryland man opened fire Sunday in the middle of a video game tournament at Jacksonville's downtown waterfront mall, killing two people, injuring 11 more, then killing himself, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said. The shooting was connected to a "Madden NFL 19" video game tournament at Chicago Pizza in the Jacksonville Landing. David Katz, from Baltimore, was the lone suspect, who some witnesses said began shooting around 1:34 p.m., after losing in the tournament. Williams, who would not confirm the motive behind the shooting, said Katz used "at least one handgun" on the victims and himself.
- Opinion: Maryland's Mistakes Inexcusable
by Deron Snyder August 2018
Mistakes happen. But the circumstances of 19-year-old Jordan McNair's death can't be dismissed with a simple "my bad." Maryland's football staff betrayed the former offensive lineman so blatantly, it seems almost willful.
- Lightning Strike Starts Fire at Fitness Center
by Kevin Landrigan July 2018
Just after 7:30 p.m., the Hudson Fire Department Dispatch received three notices of an event at the Nottingham Square Plaza, one from a master box alarm being activated and two phone calls reporting smoke inside the Fit Lab Gym.
- UMaine Football Player Collapses During Workout, Dies
by Jason Scott July 2018
In what has become an all-too-common occurrence around this time of year, a college football player has died after collapsing during a preseason workout.
- Gym-Goer Arrested for Exercising in the Nude
by Jason Scott July 2018
A Massachusetts man made himself right at home in a New Hampshire Planet Fitness location — and was arrested as a result.
- Accidental Coaster Braking Results in 3 Concussions
by Amy Poulter July 2018
A Busch Gardens ride operator accidentally hit the emergency brake on Apollo's Chariot, bringing the ride to a screeching halt about midway down the track.
- Off-Duty Nurse Uses AED to Save LA Fitness Member
by Lulu Ramadan July 2018
Vincent Raaijmakers was minutes from being a number in a harrowing cardiac arrest statistic when he stepped off a treadmill at an LA Fitness gym west of Boca Raton on June 11.
- WiFi Network Leads to Gym Bomb Scare
by Jason Scott April 2018
A Michigan Planet Fitness location was evacuated and closed for several hours on Sunday due to a bomb scare brought on by a suspicious WiFi network name.