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MCSD offering class to help residents protect themselves

By Devese “Dee” Ursery

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County will team up to present Community Safety 101, a one-time, all-day program teaching people life-saving skills. 

Those include what to do in four scenarios which address violent trends occurring around the country. The class is set to start with a welcoming program at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, at Southwestern Illinois College at the Granite City campus.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department entered into a partnership with CCSMC to prepare businesses and residents for specific but random violent scenarios as well as learn some basic life-saving solutions. Sheriff Jeff Connor explained the four topics that will be taught.

Connor said Community Safety 101 is a program that will show the public how and what to do when they hear bullets firing or someone yelling, “active shooter.  The training will show residents how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying and harassment and what to look for and what to do if they are in the presence of someone who has had an accidental drug overdose. 

He also said professionals in specific fields will instruct attendees on what to do if they encounter someone having a medical event, such as a heart attack or choking. 

The program is set up for two sessions, morning and evening, with four classes in each session.  Each class has three one-hour time slots which registered individuals must choose from. Time slots for the morning session are 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon with the evening time slots scheduled for 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

“These one hour classes will be taught by individuals who are trained, in a field dealing with the topic,” Connor said. “Each class will last one hour. People are encouraged to register ahead of time so they can properly fill the time slots.”

Individuals can register on the Chamber’s website at or by calling their office at 618-593-4501 or 618-876-6400. It is considered a community service and there will be no charge to register.

Individuals will learn how to stop the bleeding of a wound, how to administer Narcan and how to administer the Heimlich maneuver.

Other cities that will participate in the program will be Granite City, Madison, Venice and Pontoon Beach. Along with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, other regional businesses will be involved, like the Chestnut Healthcare System, 

“As the sheriff, I encourage people to sign up for all of these classes, because you never know which one of these events will cross your path,” Connor said.


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