Monroe resident Justin Earnhardt has started a self defense training business in the local area and he is now hoping to use the opportunity to help raise funds in support of the Lt. Joseph Helton’s Foundation. Helton was killed in action in Iraq on Sept. 8, 2009 and the Foundation was formed to help fund a memorial statue in honor of Helton and other fallen soldiers from Walton County. A scholarship has also been established at Monroe Area High School in Helton’s name. He was a graduate of MAHS.
Earnhardt himself served time in the Middle East while with the Air Force. He moved to Monroe after taking a position with Gwinnett County Fire Department and is also training people in self defense through a side business that he has established. He will be offering self defense training in March to help raise funds for the Lt. Joseph Helton Foundation. The Lt. Helton Memorial Foundation Inc is a 501(c)(3) charity.
“Classes are two hours of self defense training, followed by a one-hour seminar,” Earnhardt said. “The limit is 16 people per seminar and the cost is a $60 donation per three-hour session.”
Earnhardt said other donations to the fund are also welcome. Four sessions each day will be conducted on March 7 and 8 at the Park located at 515 E Church St. in Monroe. The sessions will be from 8 – 11 a.m., from 12 – 3 p.m. and from 4 – 7 p.m. both days.
It was while he was stationed at Moody Air Force Base that Earnhardt received his certification as an instructor in Krav Maga and Army Level 1 Combatives.