- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) - Two police officers from a relatively small New Hampshire town have trained thousands of civilians across the country on how to respond to situations involving mass violence.

WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/21Ft1AQ ) that Jaffrey officers Joseph Hileman and Terry Choate will hold seminars in Manchester next month.

They started Blue-U Defense three years ago to teach people how to react and defend themselves during mass shootings like the one in San Bernardino, California, Wednesday that left 14 dead.

They say escape if that’s an option, but be prepared to fight if it’s not. They say weapons could include a fire extinguisher, a stapler or coffee mug. Hiliman and Choate say success hinges on “making good decisions in fractions of a second.”

“You have to be mentally prepared to win this,” Hileman said.

Choate agrees.

“Every one of these major incidents that have happened, I guarantee you all those people thought the same thing: It’s not going to happen to me,” Choate said.

Blue-U Defense is holding seminars in Manchester on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19. Cost is $100 per person.

Laconia police are also offer training for active-shooter situations. The next class will be held Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending that class can call Laconia police at 524-5257 for more information.

Information on the Manchester seminars is available at www.blue-u.com .

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