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Students learn basics of self defense

RUTLAND - Recently, Rutland City Police Detective Ray LaMoria conducted a series of clinics in Basic Self Defense for the students of the Stafford Technical Center.

While the students in this program have a greater need to be able to defend themselves than the greater public, given the fact that these students are exploring careers in emergency services, law enforcement, corrections, firefighting, and medical rescue, this is a skill that everyone should have.

Regrettably, anyone can be the victim of an assault by a deranged person, someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a sex offender, or even a loved one.

The key to the program is to be aware of oneself and one's surroundings. If an attack is imminent or under way, one should be prepared to respond in a fashion that would allow them to stun the attacker and escape to safety. Sometimes, simply screaming for help will do the trick. The arrival of help on the scene will also often scare away the attacker, even if the helpers don't have to actually do anything.

LaMoria is recognized as an expert in this field, having taught many RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) courses to all sorts of groups in the community. One of his assistants in this program is Ashley Barnes, who is a first year student in Public Safety Services. Ashley acted as LaMoria's assistant in this series of trainings for her peers, also.

The students who participated in these classes were: Justin Cram, Cody Hesse, Cody Taylor, and Vicky Stone, seniors from Otter Valley Union High School, Jo Lilly and Krista Brayton from Poultney High School, Mill River Union High School juniors Erika Stocker, Cantlin Eaton, Nathan Hance, and Kayla Jones, and Rutland High School seniors Ashley Haas and Daniel Ball.

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