A close quarter combat countermeasure for edged or blunt weapon attacks course was held recently in the Alton High School Gymnasium for Alton, Thayer, Oregon and Shannon County law enforcement. Randy Vater, foreground left, from the Alton police, and Joe Nichol, of the Oregon County Sheriff’s Department, participated in the class conducted by Greg Martin and Brandon Hunter of Shield Solutions.

Law enforcement officers often face life or death situations. And a local non-profit corporation is working to make sure those officers are prepared.

My Brother’s 6, created by Shield Solutions LLC, is assisting with law enforcement training and supplies at no cost to those agencies.

The program was created and instructors were provided because of the violence against officers nationwide, said Greg Martin, president and CEO of Shield Solutions and My Brother’s 6.

“A better trained officer mentally and physically is better prepared to serve the public,” said Martin. “If our officers aren’t given stress combat courses and reality-based training, they will not know how to react in the event of a life or death situation.”

Martin also serves as one of the program’s instructors. Other instructors include Matt Roberts, Fred Long, Jason Long, Rob Pilkington, Oregon County Sheriff Eric King, Alan Daffron and Tyler Martin.

During the past year, the group has given officers training in trauma aid and handgun techniques, close quarter countermeasures from blunt and edged weapon attacks and survival mentality. Patrol Vehicle Ambush Countermeasures, a new class, will be offered soon.

Several area law enforcement agencies have taken advantage of the free My Brother’s 6 offers. Sheriff’s departments from Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Ozark, Douglas, Wright and Benton counties have trained recently with My Brother’s 6. Several police departments including West Plains, Alton, Thayer, Mtn. Grove, Cabool, Ava, Hartville, Mtn. View and Warsaw, have also received training.

The training is funded through the sale of T-shirts on the company’s website and private funding. Martin said Wendy’s of West Plains donates 10 percent of the restaurant’s proceeds on the first Friday of each month.

Martin said all donations are appreciated as additional training and the purchase of equipment is needed.

Shield Solutions and My Brother’s 6 are subsidiaries of G.R. Martin and Associates, a private investigative firm in West Plains, specializing in detecting insurance fraud and investigating financial compliance. The company has worked for many celebrities, local and state government entities and Fortune 500 companies. Over the past decade, Martin and his investigators have worked in more than 20 states.

In 2012, Martin founded Shield Solutions, a firearms’ training and security company, to provide businesses and schools with safe, state-approved training programs. These programs are designed to prepare employees to carry concealed firearms in their respective workplaces, said Martin.

Martins said the company is well-known as being the first company to arm staff members with concealed firearms in Missouri public schools.

Today, almost 20 Missouri schools are under contract with Shield Solutions for its School Employee Firearms Training Program. Almost 50 schools use the company for annual training.

A 1989 Dora High School, Martin is also a generalist instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy. After high school graduation, Martin began a career in law enforcement that included service with sheriff’s departments in Ozark, Boone and Taney counties and Branson police. He joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol and worked five years as a trooper based out of Troop G in Willow Springs.

Shield Solutions Training Coordinator and instructor Matt Roberts graduated from Koshkonong High School in 2004. He began his law enforcement career as a jailer for the Howell County Sheriff’s Department and a reserve officer with the West Plains Police Department. In 2009, Roberts was selected as a of the West Plains/Howell County S.W.A.T. Team. In 2016, he became a full-time Howell County deputy.

In 2016, Martin and Roberts founded My Brother’s 6 after Roberts got the idea from Lighthorse Tactical in Birmingham, Ala.

For more information on My Brother’s 6, Shield Solutions or G.R. Martin and Associates call 256-6611, visit www.shieldsolutionsllc.org or go by the office at 1205 Missouri Ave.

West Plains Daily Quill