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May 20, 2014 05:09 PM

Garretson Ambulance Service Stages Mock Crash

Garretson, SD

A parking lot at the Garretson School was a crime scene Tuesday.  The community's ambulance service created a mock crash site to raise awareness about bicycle safety.

Students sit and watch as emergency crews rescue their classmate.

"It felt kind of real," second grader Sydney Olson said.

It may not be real, but the message is.

"The kids all understood today was pretend, but those are the real life things that happen. We try and make it as realistic as it is so that the kids are prepared if they ever encounter something like that, so they're not so afraid," Justin Pfeifer said.

The mock crash wasn't just about showing what medical teams do during an emergency. It's also about showing the importance of wearing a helmet.

Olson says she wears hers every day when she rides to school.  She's also careful crossing the street.

"You have to look for cars because maybe Zach didn't look for cars that, maybe he was just going all crazy," Olson said.

In the mock crash, Zachary Hofer was not wearing a helmet, which made his injuries worse.

"That when you don't wear a helmet, this is what will happen to you," Hofer said.

That's not the only thing he'll take away from this interactive lesson.

"It was kind of fun riding in the ambulance," Hofer said.

16 students who took part in a coloring contest also walked away with bikes donated by local businesses.  To make sure each student is safe this summer, those who didn't have a helmet got to take one home.

"If we get these children exposed to us more, they might be more interested, in later on in life, to actually be part of an organization of a small town volunteer ambulance," Pfefier said.

The helmets were donated by the South Dakota Emergency Medical Services for Children.

See more from the mock crash by watching the video below.

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