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Kaitlin Durbin

News Public Safety Reporter

Kaitlin Durbin covers public safety for The Gazette. The Ohio native joined the newspaper's staff in 2016. She previously worked in Mansfield, Ohio. You can reach Durbin at or by phone at 719-636-0362. Follow her on Twitter at @njKaitlinDurbin.

Donald Wescott FPD celebrating early results showing issue passing w/ 62%. Chief Burns: "We march on"
Julie Christopher drops off her primary election ballot at a 24 hour ballot drop box outside the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Alex Eugene Ainsworth, 18, was one of two men shot Thursday, October 26, 2017, near the Family Dollar on E. Boulder St. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Law enforcement carry guns as they cover the Stratmoor Hills Elementary School as it was evacuated following a bus monitor that saw a woman with a gun on her hip walk into the school and Harrison School District spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said only about 15 kids were in the school Thursday morning November 2, 2017 in Colorado Springs and all have been safely evacuated. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
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CSPD detectives were on the scene of a shooting in the 3800 block of Soft Breeze Way, where authorities say three people were shot a party early Sunday morning. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Colorado Springs police continued the investigation Tuesday morning after a man was shot to death Monday night at a business east of downtown Colorado Springs. (Liz Forster, The Gazette)
A vigil was held on Sunday night for Nathaniel Czajkowski, who was shot and killed near the Albertaco's Mexican Food. A large crowd of mostly teens who were friends of the teen sobbed for their friend and his senseless death. Students raise their lit phones in honor of their friend, Nate. Czajkowski's rapper artist name was Nate Winters. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
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When 10-year-old Tavarus Thompson went to his school's monthly awards assembly, he didn't know that he was going to get a special honor. Tavarus was being awarded the El Paso County Sheriff's Office 911 Hero Award for helping to save his mom in July. Tavarus reportedly called 911 and was calm describing his mother's medical emergency until medical help arrived. El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder came to the assembly at Explorer Elementary School to personally give Tavarus the award on Monday, October 30, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Fountain Police officer wears a body camera Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette