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Eric Frein manhunt reviewed by committees

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LORDS VALLEY, Pa. - The Eric Frein manhunt is being reviewed by the Pennsylvania Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

First to talk about its role in the manhunt was the State Police.

"Throughout this operation I was prepared for and fully and expected that we might lose one or more members of our department," said Major George Bevins, who was a key figure during the search for Frein.

Bevins says PSP spent $11.9 million on the 48-day manhunt for Eric Frein.

Bevins says most of the money was spent on overtime with the rest going to specialized equipment and other expenses.

Frein was sentenced to death in April for the September 2014 sniper death of Trooper Bryon Dickson and wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass outside the Blooming Grove Barracks.

During the hearing, Pike County officials testified there needs to be a contract for large scale events that outlines obligations, expectations and reimbursements for all agencies involved.

While Monroe County Emergency Management officials say information sharing needs to be improved.

Business leaders say they worried about the fallout after Frein's capture.

"What is going to be the long term damage to the Poconos Mountain or the Poconos brand?" said Chris Barrett Executive Director of the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau.

Chamber officials say the manhunt took place during the fall foliage season, driving tourists away and business profits down.

"Business had to take extra security measures the cost of them they were not prepared for," said Debbie Gillette, Executive Director of the Chamber of the Northern Poconos.

Gillette says gathering data from her members was not easy, as the losses were not only seen as financial, but emotional as well.

Chamber officials say the only businesses that didn't lose money were those that fed and housed manhunt participants.

Committee members say this information will be useful for the future.

"So that we can figure out some way that we can help them where they feel they need assistance to improve actions that they had to take," said committee chair Randy Vulakovich.


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