It was the scene of a nightmare as Camdenton High School students alongside lake area first responders took part in a drunk driving fatal crash docu-drama. With two battered cars stationed in the parking lot, students wore bloodied make-up and torn clothing to represent the gruesome reality of a car crash. This accident also involved a student fatality, which was followed with a mock funeral in the school auditorium.

It was the scene of a nightmare as Camdenton High School students alongside lake area first responders took part in a drunk driving fatal crash docu-drama. With two battered cars stationed in the parking lot, students wore bloodied make-up and torn clothing to represent the gruesome reality of a car crash. This accident also involved a student fatality, which was followed with a mock funeral in the school auditorium.

The mother and grandmother of Kelly Alford, the student who was acting as the fatality, were present for the performance and added an all too real sense of despair to the scene. A helicopter flew in to perform a real-time air lift and first responders treated all acting students with actual on-scene procedures. 

Alford’s mother Denise Alford says that their family had previously experienced a real wreck of this manner, making the day tough on her. Having to see her daughter in realistic bloodied make-up was “disturbing.”

“I was apprehensive about taking part and started crying,” Denise said. “My husband refused to take part, but she said it would be ok. It’s tough.” 

Senior Andrew Butts was one of the participating students in the mock crash and said he felt that the pressure was on to provide a good performance. With bloodied scars and bandages on his chest, Butts was seen being stretchered off into an ambulance after first responders were able to free him from the wreck.

Officer Chris Williams was a main factor in setting up the scene and says that he is happy to take part in the annual showcase. Dozens of other paramedics, Mid-County firefighters and even a hearse from Allen Holman-Howe Funeral Home helped to fully realize the docu-drama. Williams says that, for him, there is one main goal that he hopes to achieve during each presentation.

“If we can get even one student to walk away from this and have them change their mind about drunk driving, it was all worth it,” Williams said.