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Home-Health Nurses Get Lesson in Safety

Posted May 24, 2007 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated May 24, 2007 5:54 p.m. EDT

— Home-care workers in Hoke County responded to the recent rape of a female service worker with a safety seminar by the sheriff's department on Thursday.

"It really scared me," said Liberty Home Health Operations Manager Sherry Bryant. "It scared my staff, because they're out there every day going from house to house."

Raeford police on Monday responded to a call from an Embarq employee who said she was raped by a homeless man while out on a service call.

The registered nurses learned tactics to avoid an attack and how to get away. Authorities say they are especially vulnerable because they work all hours of the day, keep regular schedules and visit patients in dangerous areas.

Hoke County sheriff's deputies urged them to be careful when they're out alone making house calls. Communication is essential.

"Checking in and out, right now, is critical, especially for females," Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said. "And you got people out there who are looking for the opportunity to do something."

The sheriff's office does such safety seminars for local businesses as a public service.