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Medical Group moulage experts help teens understand dangers of drinking and driving

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  • By 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
  • 375th AMW
Members of the 375th Medical Group applied mock injuries, or moulage, and expertise on how to act injured to junior and senior students of Belleville East High School April 8 to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The scenario, called "Broken Hearts," involved a simulated alcohol-related crash where a drunk driver was taken into custody, one passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, and one critically and two seriously injured passengers were taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital. The Belleville Fire Department, Med-Star Ambulance, Belleville Police Department, ARCH Air Medical Transport and the St. Clair County Coroner responded to the scene.

About every 30 minutes, a student was removed from a classroom and the fire department chaplain read an obituary to signify the statistic that someone dies in a crash every 30 minutes.

"Year after year we support the Broken Hearts program and we are reminded how important the program is to the students in attendance," said Debra Ord, 375th Medical Support Squadron. "We are always honored to support the community."

The event was held before prom and also during Alcohol Awareness Month in an effort to prevent unnecessary deaths.

All emergency responders volunteered to help with "Broken Hearts."