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Jefferson H.S. students watch emergency response in action

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Rockford Jefferson High School students take their learning outdoors to see first hand the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.

The Rockford Public School District partnered with the Rockford Police and Fire Departments to put on a mock accident.

The blood is fake but the message is real. With prom right around the corner, first responders are showing students that drunk driving has consequences.

Organizers of the demonstration hope it never becomes a reality.

The OSF Saint Anthony Lifeline helicopter landed to take away a critically injured victim, and Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia showed how she responds to fatalities.

Rockford Fire Inspector Chad Moe want to send a message that accidents this severe affect more than just the people involved in the crash. "When we have crews out here because someone chose to drink and drive or text and drive and to do something irresponsible you've taken out of service where someone might be having a heart attack or a fire, those companies can't go to that anymore."

First responders hope the students will take some of today's demonstration to heart as they make plans for their May 4th prom.

"The presentation and the scenario it really gave me a different outlook on the negative side of things and what could really happen if you chose to make the wrong decision," says senior Alissa Debleiger.

Another student, Austin Seymour, says he already has a safe ride planned out. "My friends are going to get a limo together, because we have somebody driving and if one of my friends drinks we don't have to worry about us crashing," he says.

 

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