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MAY 27, 2005


Lawrence High School,
2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township

During the morning of Friday, May 27, 2005, volunteers from Lawrence Road Fire Co. joined with personnel from the Lawrenceville and Slackwood fire companies, Lawrence First Aid Squad, and Lawrence Township police to conduct a motor vehicle accident simulation at Lawrence High School.

The exercise, timed to take place right before the school's senior prom, was designed to show the devestating consequences of a motor vehicle collision in an effort to discourage students from driving while distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A two-car collision, with several people critically injured and trapped and at least one person killed, was simulated. Firefighters used their rescue equipment to cut apart the cars and extricate the trapped "victims" (who were played by high school volunteers). EMS personnel then attended to and packaged the "victims" as a crowd of high school students watched.

Apparatus that took part in the exercise were Rescue 22, Engine 22, Rescue 23, and Engine 21-1, along with several ambulances and police vehicles.

Assistant Chief Chris Pangaldi, in Car 22, commanded the scenario.

Rescue 22 was commanded by Rescue Capt. Andrew Fosina, driven by Paid Driver Robert Santello, and crewed by Capt. Michael Byrd, Ff. Evan Kutzin, Ff. Ryan Dlabik, Ff. Steve Hodgdon, and Ff. Charles Commini Jr.

Engine 22 was commanded by Capt. Shaun Dlabik, driven by Capt. Michael Ratcliffe, and crewed by Lt. Edward Kitchen and Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr. Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr. was also on the scene in his private vehicle.

2005 marked the fourth consecutive year the demonstration has been performed at Lawrence High School.

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