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School teacher escaped Vegas shooting

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Las Vegas shootingSterlind Burke Jr. said he can still hear the gunshots.

On the night of Oct. 1, Burke and his wife, residents of Odenton in Anne Arundel County, were enjoying their third night of a long-awaited trip to Las Vegas, attending the Jason Aldean concert, when they heard a loud “bang” that seemed to come from the stage.

Burke turned to his wife, who he did not wish to name, and told her he thought the sound was from a firework. When the sound repeated several more times in quick succession, Burke and his wife realized they were hearing gunshots.

Eleven days after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, where a gunman killed 58 people and injured 489 others at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Burke said he has trouble sleeping and can still hear the gunshots ring in his head.

“I'm still hearing gunshots in my head on a constant basis,” Burke said.

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Local firefighters help Carolina survivors

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MCFRS task force 3Members of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue task force provided assistance to Hurricane Matthew survivors in the Carolinas. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Fifty-four members of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue task force helped out in North Carolina and South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc throughout the area, flooding coastal areas throughout the southeastern United States.

Because much of the area had already been evacuated, the task force didn’t end up rescuing anyone.

Instead, workers drilled and “got comfortable with what they needed to do. We were there if we were needed, and we maximized our time,” said Monte Fitch, a battalion chief in Montgomery County who headed the recent rescue effort.

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