Moving forward: Paradigm CEO releases statement before anniversary of workplace shooting

Moving forward: Paradigm CEO releases statement before anniversary of workplace shooting
Kyle Bailey
Courtesy Kyle Bailey

The CEO of Paradigm has released a statement, as the company prepares for the anniversary of a workplace shooting.

Thursday marks one year since four people were hurt when a WTS Paradigm employee began shooting inside the software company’s Middleton office.

“Many are still recovering from emotional wounds they’ll carry for the rest of their lives. While we will never forget the horrific event and the pain it caused, we will also not let it define who we are and how we will live our lives,” Nathan Herbst, the CEO of Paradigm, said in his statement.

Paradigm has rebranded in the past year, dropping the WTS from its name, moving into a newly renovated space on Deming Way and hiring nearly 120 employees.

“In the year since the incident took place, Paradigm has worked hard to recover in a positive and meaningful way.”

All four employees who were shot are now back at work.

Herbst also went on to thank them and others for the courage they’ve shown in the past year.

“I want to make note of the tremendous courage, resilience, and fortitude displayed by our employees. I have been moved by the compassion and kindness they have shown to one another. I want to thank everyone at Paradigm for helping us to be a caring and supportive place to work.”]

The company has also created the Paradigm Foundation, a charity whose first initiative has been supporting first responders.

In the 12 months since, the officers and deputies who responded have received national recognition for shooting and killing the guman .

Bodycam footage showing the exchange between the shooter and officers has also been made public over the past year.

Herbst thanked first responders in the statement.

“We are eternally grateful for the heroism of first responders, the compassion of doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals, and for the support of our customers and community.”

News 3 Now sat down with some of the officers and the chief of the Middleton Police Department. We’ll share part of our conversation Thursday on News 3 at Ten.

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