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Dramatic Demonstration of ‘What If,’ at Rye High School
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A flurry of emergency activity is replicated at Rye High School last Thursday morning.
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The role of the impaired driver was aptly played by Rachel Shaffer, Rye High School senior who will attend the Air Force Academy in the fall.
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Lt. Jennifer Anderson uses an extraction tool to remove a door to aid the injured during a demonstration at Rye High School last Thursday afternoon.
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Rye Fire Protection District personnel, assisted by Pueblo West Fire and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office put on a dramatic demonstration for approximately 100 juniors and seniors at Rye High School on Thursday morning, May 2, 2019.

The demonstration depicted a horrific automobile accident involving two vehicles, six students, sound effects, and first responders using extraction tools to render aid and was staged for the benefit of students about to attend prom in the south parking lot of Rye High School.

“Driving in Southern Colorado presents lots of challenges to any driver in the form of weather, wildlife, and mountain roads. Add to that inattentive, distracted and/or impaired driving and it’s a recipe for the kind of disaster we’re recreating here for the benefit of students,” said Matt Kelly, Rye firefighter who organized the event.

Steve Bennett, Chief of Rye Fire, noted his agency has responded to at least 12 major injury accidents on Highway 165 alone over the last two years, some involving fatalities. That’s an average of one major injury/fatal accident every two months.

Michelle Mann, principal of Rye High, was pleased not just with the event but the timing of the event as well. “Most of our students will travel to Pueblo for prom events. That’s an eighty mile round trip. They need to be reminded of what can happen in an instant of inattention or distraction,” Said Mann.

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