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Telecom covers 'Every 15 Minutes' at Heritage High

Telecom covers 'Every 15 Minutes' at Heritage High
Telecom student fire truck tower
Telecom student Courtney Luther, left, shoots video from Newport News Fire Department Tower Ladder 10.
Telecom staff & student photos

Every spring, Telecom students assist with video-recording "Every 15 Minutes," a national program that warns of the dangers of driving while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

This year's event was held April 27 at Heritage High School.

Telecom students, led by Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and Huntington Middle School TV Production Instructor Michael Price, spent the day video-recording the action to produce a video to be shown at the school assembly the next morning. "Every 15 Minutes" takes place at numerous locations: the school, the hospital, the court house, and the jail. The video allows everyone to see what transpired at the other sites.

"Every 15 Minutes" simulates a fatal car accident involving students. High school students participate in and view the drama as it unfolds: Police and Fire personnel arrive on the scene, the "Jaws of Life" cut into a car, a medevac helicopter lands nearby, a driver is arrested, bodies are covered, victims are taken away by ambulance and hearse.

The sobering event is presented in time to inform and warn students prior to prom and graduation. It is organized locally by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and it entails the coordination of police, fire, air ambulance, school, hospital, funeral home, and court personnel.

According to their website, "Every 15 Minutes" is "an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. [The] powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved."

Telecom students who participated in the shoot as Camera Operators are: Courtney Luther, a senior at Heritage High; Muriel Gamble, a senior at An Achievable Dream; and Darin Cooper, a junior at Menchville. Luther got to go up in the Fire Department's tower ladder to shoot video from above the scene.

The father-and-son Price team also shot video "at the scene," and recorded the interviews, which had to be shot on the weekend. Michael Price did most of the overnight editing.

The DVD was delivered to Heritage High in time for the 7:30 a.m. assembly.

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