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LUTHERVILLE, Md. —
A program in Baltimore County focuses on teaching people how to be their own hero. It's called active assailant readiness training.
The training's instructor said you can't always count on someone to come and save you, so you need to be prepared to rescue yourself, if needed.
People learned how to be their own hero during a class at a Lutherville gym.
"There have been some times that I've been approached by some aggressive people on my own like for example at a gas station," participant Megan Thornton said.
The active assailant training focuses on more than shootings, vehicle attacks and other acts of mass violence.
"We want to teach people how to walk to your car safely, or how to barricade in your house if there's a home invasion because an active assailant or active shooter is a pretty rare occurrence, but violence on the everyday kind of spectrum the smaller scale is much more common," said Lauren Perry, vice president of operations at Trident Shield.
"In our area recently, several months ago, there had been a lot of home invasions and break ins, and I think if you're smart and you know how to protect yourself with everything going on in today's world I'd just like to be more mindful when I'm out and about and know what to do," participant Darlene Lohn said.
Trident Shield CEO and instructor Jason Perry is a former Boston SWAT officer and a U.S. Navy SEAL. He said there are a few big takeaways from the two-hour class.
"I tell people three things: Always be aware of your surroundings, always have a plan, and always know that you have a chance. There's always a chance, so always fight back," Perry said.
"What I did learn is that I need to be more confident and I need to just assess the situation and address what's going on, know sort of what's going on so I can be prepared if I do need to leave or if I do need to actually defend myself or de-escalate a situation," participant Megan Thornton said.
Sunday's training was part of Trident Shield's tour of ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers.