A retired Illinois State police colonel, Michael Snyders ’82 has dealt with a wide spectrum of criminal activity. His passion for protecting others continues as president of the Hero911 Network.

The national nonprofit volunteer organization consists of federal, state and local law enforcement officers ready to respond to active school shootings. Whether on duty or off, officers receive notification of a shooter through a free mobile app, which gives the school address. The notice occurs when school personnel use the app on their phones to trigger an emergency alert.

The system, explained at www.hero911.org, has gained national attention and praise.