Fairfield first responders stage pre-prom accident at Warde


Fairfield police, American Red Cross and Fairfield firefighter perform their duties at a staged pre-prom motor vehicle accident for Fairfield Warde High School’s junior class.

Fairfield police and firefighters joined American Medical Response and Lesko Funeral Home on Friday morning, May 17, in responding to a staged motor vehicle accident in front of Fairfield Warde High School for the entire junior class to demonstrate the dangers of driving under the influence and distracted driving in advance of their annual prom taking place tomorrow night.

Under the direction of guidance counselor Stephanie Swist and introduced by Headmaster James Coyne, a number of students from the school’s drama department rehearsed for several weeks in preparation for the demonstration.

After creating the crash scene in the school’s front circle, the student actors spent the early morning being made up by several members of the Bridgeport Hospital Trauma Unit before taking their places in the two vehicles and being covered by tarps.

Once the entire class was seated around the circle, Coyne introduced a guest speaker who described the loss of his daughter in a similar accident several years ago. Then an audio recreation of the conversations in each car leading up to the accident was played, after which the tarps were removed to reveal the two vehicle head on accident with occupants in various states of injury.

Police, fire and AMR ambulances responded to a simulated dispatch and began their duties, performing triage and medical on the patients, arresting one driver and extricating two bodies for removal by Kevin Lesko re-enacting the role of medical examiner.

“It’s important to be able to show these kids that one bad decision can lead to unimaginable results that affect the lives of so many other people,” said Lt. Bob Smith, who led Company 3 in the reenactment and coordinated Ludlowe High School’s mock crash earlier in the month. “We hope nobody watching ever has to experience what we showed them today, and that all the students enjoy a healthy and happy prom season.”

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