About the Author
Andy Brown grew up in Port Orchard, Washington and joined the Air Force in 1989, shortly after graduating from South Kitsap High School. He served as a law enforcement specialist in the Security Police/Security Forces career field and was stationed in Idaho, Greece, Washington, Hawaii and New Mexico.
He now lives in the Spokane, Washington area and works for the Department of Homeland Security.
After seven years of research he wrote Warnings Unheeded. The book is part of his ongoing effort to share the lessons learned from the mass public murder and fatal B-52 crash at Fairchild Air Force Base, as well as the heroic actions of those involved and his experience with the effects of trauma.
About the Book
Warnings Unheeded delivers a revealing look at the events that led to a mass murder and a fatal plane crash at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Those who recognized a mentally ill airman’s potential for violence and tried to help him were frustrated by politics and bureaucracy. When the troubled airman opened fire in Fairchild’s hospital, an Air Force security policeman was prepared for the gunfight and hospital personnel were prepared to save lives. But no one was prepared for the traumatic aftermath.
A B-52 pilot was a crowd favorite at Fairchild’s air shows but his reckless maneuvers caused some airmen to refuse to fly with him. He was protected from disciplinary action and attempts to ground him, but nothing could save him when he pushed too far during an air show practice mission four days after the shooting.
Written by the man who ended the shooting spree using information garnered from interviews, reports, witness statements, mental health records and the gunman’s correspondence and journal entries.
From the Foreword by Massad Ayoob
“There are specific lessons in this book which can prevent lethal tragedy. Lessons for bosses, subordinates, and co-workers. Lessons for law enforcement, and for psychologists, and for human resource personnel. But there are also general lessons for us all that can save lives, though perhaps not so dramatically nor so heroically as Andy Brown saved uncounted lives when he rode to the ‘sound of the guns.’”