PLEASANTVILLE — The city Fire Department on Thursday showed high school seniors what could happen if they drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Drive Sober and Get Home Alive presentation, conducted under Deputy Chief Eugene Wellington and Battalion Chief Ken Crawford, included a live rescue using an extrication tool while Capt. Tom Higgins spoke with the students, according to a news release from the city Police Department.

“As a HERO Campaign board member, I want to thank our firefighters and our schools for taking action to support the goals of the HERO Campaign and our entire community, to make sure each of our students has a happy and safe graduation season,” Mayor Jesse Tweedle Sr. said.

The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers aims to end drunken-driving fatalities by promoting designated drivers.

The Fire Department has coordinated the crash demonstrations for several years to provide students with a real-life example of “how dramatically drugs and alcohol can affect or end their young lives,” according to the release.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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