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PARTY program a reality check for DHS students

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Dr. Adam Moir takes a DHS student (on gurney) through an emergency medical scenario during a day-long session hosted by Dryden Regional Health Centre which aimed to inform Grade 10 students on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. Photo submitted

Grade 10 students at Dryden High School got a reality check about the dangers of drunk, drugged or distracted driving, March 20 at Dryden Regional Health Centre.

Numerous agencies like the Dryden Fire/Rescue Service, Dryden Police Service, EMS, Mr. Robert Button and the hospital came together in an attempt to make an impact on kids before they learn to drive with the the PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) program.

“These kids don’t have their licenses yet,” said Dryden Fire Service Emergency and Education Officer Reagan Breeze. “We’re trying to get to them early to educate them about the ramifications of texting and driving, and impaired driving. Today has been a pretty sobering experience.”

The students were run through rescue and emergency medical scenarios with EMS and Dr. Adam Moir. Other speakers included Dryden Police Service’s Inspector Kevin Glenister and Breeze himself. The day’s most poignant moment was an utterly devastating address by Mr. Robert Button who recounted the painful loss of his son Chris to an alcohol-related car accident in 2007.

Button’s speech hit home with students.

“I think teens have an immortality complex,” said DHS student Allan Miles. “We think it could never happen to us, but it does. We need to keep our heads up. That’s what I think I learned from this.”

By Chris Marchand


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