Emotional day as Hesston workers return to work


HESSTON, Kan (KSNW) — Thursday is an emotional day in Hesston as Excel employees return to work for the first time since a gunman took the lives of three of their coworkers.

While the workers try to get back to their normal routine, there are a few changes they’ll have to adjust to – namely, increased security. There will be security at all times both inside and outside the building. Parking passes are now required.

On Wednesday, workers had the opportunity to go inside Excel and get acclimated to the changes. Even though some workers say they are glad to get back work, going inside was tough.

“I kind of took a deep breath, sighed and let it all out. Just kind of looked around and checked out my whole working area,” said Rick Lett.

As of today, some victims are still recovering from the attack. At last check, Wesley has one patient in fair condition, Via Christi has two patients — one is in fair condition and another that was critical has now been upgraded to serious.

Also on Thursday, KSN received the 911 call audio from the tragedy that happened two weeks ago. However, we will not be releasing them on air or online until we have a chance to carefully listen to each call.

We understand that the calls may bring up painful memories for some so we will examine the newsworthiness of their contents.

If you need help during this healing process, Excel employees can call 800-234-0630. Hesston and Newton citizens can call 800-992-6292.

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