Troopers teach parishioners how to handle critical situations

NEW FAIRFIELD  -- The Connecticut State Police Department led a training session at the New Life United Methodist Church in New Fairfield Sunday.

Troopers taught people how to treat medical emergencies and spot exits, and what to do if confronted one-on-one with an aggressor. They stressed ways to make smart decisions in critical situations.

State police said they have offered the training for the past couple of years, but it has only recently received more attention.

Over 75 people attending including pastors, a rabbi and parishioners from 13 different churches and towns including New Fairfield, New Milford, Bethel, Avon, South Meriden, Lakeville, Sharon and Danbury. Those in attendance were mainly from Methodist churches and one local synagogue.