Irwin Carmichael was born in rural Long Creek, a few miles north of Charlotte, NC. He is a 9th Degree Master Black Belt Instructor in Kempo Karate.
In 1986, Irwin joined the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and has since gained the rank of Captain. He has had the opportunity to interview hardened criminals and has analyzed how the criminal mind works. Mr. Carmichael has gathered information for his crime prevention programs through high profile transports of prisoners such as Henry Louis Wallace, Van Brett Watkins and Rae Carruth to name a few. He merged his martial arts skill with his knowledge of crime to develop a personal safety and awareness program, Women’s Awareness Response. As a courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office, he presents this program to many organizations, businesses, and groups throughout the county and state. Captain Carmichael has written a book, Women’s Awareness Response, and produced a child safety and abduction video, Kid’s Awareness Response.
In 2012, Irwin retired as an Engineer from the Charlotte Fire Department after 26 years of service. He has fulfilled every little boy’s dream of becoming a policeman, fireman, and karate master. Irwin has been married for 23 years to his lovely wife, Ronda, and they have an 18 year old son named Rodney, who is following in his daddy’s footsteps.