By Sam Poe
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 4:02 PM
The Winston County Sheriff's Department sponsored a Below 100 class at the Haleyville Joint Armed Forces Reserve Training Center Tuesday. Tommy Loftis, LECC Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Justice, and Jud Beedy, Lieutenant with the Daphne Police Department, taught the course. Various departments from across the state were represented, and the afternoon session also trained trainers who are now eligible to teach this class.
The Below 100 class is presented to law enforcement and first responders in order to decrease the number of deaths in the line of duty. The goal is to bring the line of duty deaths to less than 100 per calendar year across the nation, and this goal has not been attained since 1944. In 2013, there were 108 line of duty deaths in the United States, but the number is already at 13 so far in 2014.
The five key objectives taught in this class are as follows. Wear your belt. Wear your vest. Watch your speed. WIN-What's Important Now? And Remember: Complacency Kills! For information about the course or to view upcoming classes, [CLICK HERE].