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Alfonso Bernal, a Spainish firefighter, right, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Rosen use the "Jaws of Life" to get a simulated crash victim from a vehicle during the "Day of the Dead," a project conceived by Rota high school students to promote awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Alfonso Bernal, a Spainish firefighter, right, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Rosen use the "Jaws of Life" to get a simulated crash victim from a vehicle during the "Day of the Dead," a project conceived by Rota high school students to promote awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. (Courtesy of Glen Dennis of the U.S. Navy)
Alfonso Bernal, a Spainish firefighter, right, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Rosen use the "Jaws of Life" to get a simulated crash victim from a vehicle during the "Day of the Dead," a project conceived by Rota high school students to promote awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Alfonso Bernal, a Spainish firefighter, right, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Rosen use the "Jaws of Life" to get a simulated crash victim from a vehicle during the "Day of the Dead," a project conceived by Rota high school students to promote awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. (Courtesy of Glen Dennis of the U.S. Navy)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Russel Armand, left, and Petty Officer 2nd class Dan Gomez carry a crash "victim" from the scene of a mock accident during the "Day of the Dead."
Petty Officer 2nd Class Russel Armand, left, and Petty Officer 2nd class Dan Gomez carry a crash "victim" from the scene of a mock accident during the "Day of the Dead." (Courtesy of Glen Dennis of the U.S. Navy)

Students at David G. Farragut High School at Naval Air Station Rota, Spain, got a dramatic lesson in the dangers of driving while intoxicated on Wednesday and Thursday with a series of events around the base.

Students watched as emergency personnel from the base responded to a staged accident Wednesday in which two of their peers were “killed.”

Thursday, the school bell tolled every 15 minutes as a student was pulled from the classroom to represent the frequency of people killed by drunk or drugged drivers in the States.

The “dead” students were dressed in black, had their faces painted white and returned to their classrooms with large signs describing how they had died.

Michelle Sanders, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service counselor at the school, said students planned the event, borrowing material from a popular program used in the States and elsewhere in Europe.

Students also heard from the base’s commander, Capt. Josh Garrison, and community members whose lives had been touched by intoxicated drivers.

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