PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the Plainfield Police and Fire Divisions participated in a drill on Stelle Avenue on Thursday morning, responding to a mock motor vehicle accident set up for students of the Plainfield Police Department's Queen City Mentoring Academy. The Plainfield Rescue Squad and Union County units, along with a representative from Higgins Funeral Home, were also on hand.
Officers Ronald James and Jesse McNeill spoke to TAPinto Plainfield about the Queen City Mentoring Academy's program that is now in its fourth year. When the program first started, there were just twenty cadets, but the numbers continue to grow.
Officer James said of the day's drill, "We try to make it as realistic and as serious as possible." Real-life scenarios are depicted. James continued, "Last year was texting while driving."
"It’s very important that you know that this is not a boot camp, it's a leadership camp,” Officer McNeill stressed. The children who attend come into the program through referrals by principals, guidance counselors, teachers and parents.
As this year's class of students watched the drill unfold, emergency personnel depicted what would happen in a similar situation.
Officer James said, "You know, it’s touching. I mean, some of the kids over there are crying, so it does touch home. But they’ll get every aspect of it from the beginning to the end."
Once it concludes, the participants in the drill will meet with the QCMA students to explain their role, all the way from the responding officer to the parent of the victim.
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