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Alert Dad Prevents Parents’ Worst Nightmare

North Avenue Beach Chicago by gezelle

A father’s awareness and quick action prevented his son from being abducted at North Avenue Beach this 4th of July.

This father wasn’t focused on an I-Pad or a smart phone; he was playing with his nieces and nephews just before his encounter with a parent’s worst nightmare.

He stood up and his son Isaiah, 2, ran behind him and tugged on his back leg.

Moments after the tugging stopped, Uvalle turned around and saw a stranger holding his boy up, the man’s hands under Isaiah’s arms.

It didn’t take long for the suspect to grab Armando Uvalle’s son, and attempt to walk off with him. He had probably been watching the family for a while before he decided to act.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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