Self-defense added to firearms safety class

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 9/11/18

CORDOVA — Residents who participate in the Cordova Police Department's upcoming firearms safety class will also receive instruction in self-defense techniques.Instructor Shelby Luttrell said he and …

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Self-defense added to firearms safety class

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CORDOVA — Residents who participate in the Cordova Police Department's upcoming firearms safety class will also receive instruction in self-defense techniques.

Instructor Shelby Luttrell said he and Shawn Kelley will be going over ways to create distance between oneself and a potential threat as well as basic strikes for fending off an attacker. 

Last month's attempted kidnapping at a Jasper park prompted Luttrell to incorporate a brief self-defense lesson into the class.

"This is something that we've been talking about for a while, but after that we decided to make it part of the next class," Luttrell said.

Participants will also learn how to stop life-threatening bleeds on themselves or others following a shooting or stabbing.

Luttrell first offered tactical medic training, which includes information about how to properly tie a tourniquet and use gauze to pack wounds, in a firearms class offered to educators last year. 

The goal is to train civilians how to temporarily treat wounds in an emergency until first responders can arrive on the scene.

Luttrell is a certified tactical medic who received training through the Drug Enforcement Adminstration. After Luttrell was shot twice in an altercation outside his home in December 2016, he had the presence of mind to instruct his wife, Erica, on how to apply pressure to his wound.

The medic training is now offered to the general public during the department's firearms safety classes.

More than 200 people from both inside and outside the city have participated in the classes since they were first offered in 2015. 

The class begins at the Cordova Police Department and opens with a PowerPoint presentation on firearms. Medic and self-defense training will also take place in the classroom. 

The class ends with approximately two hours on a firing range. 

The firearms safety class will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Participants must be at least 18 years old. Anyone under 21 must have a concealed carry permit. 

Participants must bring their own firearm and 50 rounds of ammunition. Closed shoes and a ballcap are recommended for the firing range.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call (205) 483-7378.