Celeste Godwin oral history interview, 2020 February 25
Police officer Celeste Godwin shares her experience on duty the night of April 30th, 2019 when an active shooter was reported on UNC Charlotte's campus. Officer Godwin was scheduled to work the Waka Flaka Flame concert and was stationed on the ground level of the football field when the call came across the radio. She discusses her immediate thoughts and actions as she and other officers drove an unmarked police car toward the Kennedy building, including looks of concern by those lined up for the concert. She was responsible for walking uninjured students from the Kennedy classroom toward Colvard and away from the scene. She recalls how active shooter training could never prepare someone for a real situation and that senior officers were helpful in helping others cope in the aftermath of the shooting. She goes on to share her thoughts on the aftermath and how she feels students feel more safe. She would like to see the police department and other emergency officials hold a 5K run in remembrance of the students who died and the community which was affected; a run she feels would symbolize the bond between officers, the campus, and community in the wake of tragedy. She ends by sharing an emotional moment that occured in the days after the shooting when she attended a Carrie Underwood concert. The singer paid tribute to UNC Charlotte by singing the song "The Bullet," which resonated with Officer Godwin.