Burke High School students spent some time outdoors today with members of the Omaha Police and Fire Departments who took part in a mock fatal crash. Several students portrayed injured victims and Alyse Manley portrayed the drunk driver who caused the accident.
Manley, a drama student, thought this was just another role. She says, “But as soon as we went back and started getting the makeup and clothes on – it was like this is real. One of my good friends, Leah was the deceased person in the car with the knot on her head. My emotions then started building up more and more. As soon as the sirens started going off I felt everything. I felt the pain and all of the emotions.”
About 1,000 students watched as Omaha police and firefighters went to work trying to save the lives of the victims involved as well as take Manley into custody.
Manley says, “Getting in the handcuffs and the cop car, that was surreal. I never thought I would be in that situation and I never want to be in that situation ever again.”
Manley and the other participants along with police and firefighters hope they left an impression on the 1,000 students who watched the drill unfold.
Today’s drill comes as the school prepares for homecoming weekend.