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Spartz honors Jason Seaman, first responders, public safety officers for heroic actions at Noblesville West Middle School

Contact: Lindsey Ross, Senior Press Secretary 

STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2019) – State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) recently presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 43 in the Senate Chamber, honoring Jason Seaman, first responders, public safety officers, and other individuals for their heroic actions at Noblesville West Middle School (NWMS) during a school shooting in May of 2018.

SCR 43 recognized Seaman, a science teacher at NWMS, for his brave and swift actions to disarm the shooter who opened fire in his classroom, saving the life of Ella Whistler and countless others. Seaman was shot three times in his abdomen, hip and forearm.

“The bravery and courage shown by Mr. Seaman and so many other people on that terrifying day is truly inspirational,” Spartz said. “I am proud of you, your community is proud of you, and your state is proud of you. Thank you for all you did to protect and serve our NWMS students and staff.”

Spartz also praised the quick actions of the Noblesville Police Department (NPD), including Chief of Police Kevin Jowitt; Hamilton County Sheriff's Department (HCSD), including former Sheriff Mark Bowen and current Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush; Indiana State Police, including Superintendent Doug Carter; NWMS school nurse Megan Schlueter; NWMS school resource officer Michael Steffen; and staff of Riverview Health.

The advanced safety planning of NWMS Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer and Principal Stacey Swan, in coordination with the NPD and HCSD as well as Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, was also recognized.

Spartz added that the planning and coordination of all involved was critical to saving lives that day.

For the full text of SCR 43, visit


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