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Published June 29, 2011, 09:29 PM

Spirit Lake First Responders Hold Mock Crash

The Spirit Lake community got to see a special demonstration Wednesday of how its emergency management reacts to car accidents.

The Spirit Lake community got to see a special demonstration Wednesday of how its emergency management reacts to car accidents.

People of all ages gathered to learn what happens when emergency responders are called to a scene.

Spirit lake EMT Noah Schulz wanted to make one thing clear.

"Let everyone know we're here and we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Schulz said.

The fire department, law enforcement, and ambulances all responded to a mock car accident to save an injured mannequin.

"Got to show the community what it's all about, what we have to deal with on a regular basis. For the most part this is our job, this is what we do," firefighter Joe Jetty said.

After the mannequin was safe, a volunteer patient was taken away by a helicopter.

It was a new experience, not only for the audience, but for responders, too.

"For me, the most exciting part was actually having the chopper take a patient, lift them in the air. Eleven years I've been doing this, this is the first time I ever had the chopper in use," firefighter Jesse McKay said.

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