POSTED 10:54 PM, NOVEMBER 13, 2014, BY ERIC BURKE
MERRIAM, Kan. — The kidnapping and murder of an Arkansas real estate agent put a fear in realtors across the country. Here in the metro, a group is trading that fear for awareness.
Forty-nine-year old Beverly Carter went to show a home just outside of Little Rock, Ark. in late September and no one ever saw her again. Her body was found in a shallow grave a few days later.
Carter wasn’t a rookie, she knew to let people know where she was going and when, but it wasn’t enough.
“Some of our agents came to us and said, ‘hey, that’s a rough deal.’ We really wanted to be able to provide them with some tools to be able to defend themselves,” explained Cory Stewart
Stewart is with Weichert Realtors. He knew just the person to talk to, Damon Comerio. He’s a home builder and a Krav Maga enthusiast. Comerio connected Stewart with Steve Woolridge, the owner of Krav Maga and Fitness Center in Merriam.
“The biggest thing is just awareness,” Steve Woolridge told his class of realtors.
It’s a big part, but not the only piece of advice Woolridge shared with this group of realtors. For a couple of hours, he showed the group of mostly women how to protect and defend themselves. The goal: To teach them to fight long enough to get away or to get the attacker to give up. Many of the moves are easy, but also powerful and can inflict pain
But Woolridge also helped open the realtors eyes to other dangers.
“I won’t go downstairs before somebody else, or go inside rooms before someone else, I will always make sure somebody goes in before. It helped me with thinking on my feet more and being more aware,” said Krissy Kempinger of Weichert Realtors.
Stewart and Woolridge are hopeful the agents who took the class will go back to their offices and share their experiences. He’s sure it will lead to more classes in the future.
For more information about the training the realtors received, click on this link.
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