Jerry Scriver, an employee of InstaLoan on East Walnut Avenue, was taking the trash out one night at work in November when he said a man came at him with a knife and lunged toward him. A cellphone blocked the knife, preventing Scriver from being stabbed. The man ran off into the woods before police could arrive.
Scriver said he knows how easily that attack could have gone in a much different, possibly fatal, direction had it not been for that cellphone.
“It was a life-changing incident,” he said. “It’s made me very aware to help other people, which I probably wouldn’t have done before.”
Scriver hopes to engage the Dalton and Whitfield communities and ignite an increased awareness of and activism to prevent crime. Specifically, he wants to see an increase in the number of community organized neighborhood watches.
“If they see enough of us out there, maybe it could deter the crime somewhere else,” Scriver said. “Our objective here in Dalton is to keep it elsewhere or get it out of here.”
Reflecting on his own neighborhood as a child, Scriver said he wants to see communities get back a sense of unity and protection over one another that he believes has been ...