Library to offer self defense class


For the Weekly Record Herald

WEST MILTON — West Milton’s Keith Carter primary message to women outside their home? Don’t make yourself an easy target!

Being aware of your surroundings and knowing escape tactics are two of the main goals of the Milton-Union Public Library class “When You Can’t Reach Your Pepper Spray: Women’s Survival Techniques.” The hands-on course will be taught by Carter and his associates, William Caldwell and Lacario Johnson, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26.

Carter has worked in military and law enforcement for more than nine years. He has served with the Perry Township Police Department, the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital Police Department, served an Asian and European tour of duty with the United States Army, and is now a deputy at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson and Caldwell are both federal firearms defense tactic instructors with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The men will provide useful information and guidelines to avoid potentially dangerous situations in parking lots, alleyways and other areas. They will bring safety equipment to demonstrate with as well. The equipment comes courtesy of the business 3G Tactical in Tipp City.

The instructors will also teach basic strikes and escape tactics to get out of a dangerous situation, and work through possible scenarios with the students.

“These moves are very basic, very easy, stuff they can practice at home,” Carter said.

The class is open to women ages 18 and up. Minors are welcome with a parent or guardian in attendance. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. Pre-registration is required as participation is limited.

To register or for more information, call 937-698-5515. Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.