We wanted to share an experience that was directly impacted in a positive way by the efforts of all, especially our tireless trainers, on a young participant’s life!
You all remember our sponsor David Creed of Academy Mortgage and his 12 year old daughter, who attended our January training session. His concerns for his daughter were about her walking home a few blocks alone, even though he lives in a “safe” Scottsdale neighborhood.
On Friday afternoon, David’s daughter came home as usual, around 3 pm. She was in the house alone with all doors locked or at least they believed that to be true. A man started rattling doors and finally entered the house while David’s daughter there and aware he entered. Against all instincts, she remained calm and silent, hiding in the kitchen. When she heard him go down the hall to the bedrooms, she went outside in the back and while making her way safely to the front(people) she called 911, then her Dad. David arrived home to find his house surrounded by Scottsdale police, guns drawn, entering his home to clear it for danger and search for the perp.
David’s daughter was able to give then a good description, except for his face(she told me she avoided making eye contact as she was watching him, didn’t want him watching her). Several other security cameras in the neighborhood recorded him trying to open other doors and filled in the gaps on ID.
We look at the faces of those teenagers and wonder if they heard anything that was said….I can guarantee you they do! What I saw in her face when she told me about it was a sense of confidence and pride in herself, albeit fledgling it helped her know what to do and what NOT to do!
Broad daylight (almost no one home in the afternoon) and brazen, we have to be prepared. David, also aware, said if she had been in her bedroom with earphones on as she usually is, things could have been much different….another reason to bring up one headphone is safer than two,etc. He too is more aware.
You all truly made a difference today….love the starfish story…if not familiar go to www.cityyear.org and look it up! As Julie says she ” fell to the level of her training” which was in this case sufficient to save the day.