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To The Editor:

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center hosted a “Let’s Not Meet by Accident” demonstration Aug. 5 for Joe Lynch’s Ogdensburg Free Academy drivers education class. The program walks students through the scene of a crash, from the police investigation through ambulance transport and arrival to the emergency room, notification of parents, and the reality of trauma management in the Emergency Department.

With the help of Michele James from the St. Lawrence County Stop-DWI/Traffic Safety Program, Claxton-Hepburn was able to collaborate with outside agencies and internal departments to give the new drivers a first-hand experience of what could happen to them if they do get into an automobile accident.

We wish to give a special thanks to Ken Gardner, director of the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, and his staff, Detective Tom Caringi from the St. Lawrence County Sherrif’s Office, Joe Lynch and his chaperones, Claxton-Hepburn’s education department, community relations department, administration, emergency department and operating room staff. Much thought and preparation was put into the program and the program could have not been successful without this collaboration.

Michele Catlin

Community Outreach Coordinator

Cheryl O’Brien

Director of Education

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center

Ogdensburg

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