'Street Smart' event educates Airmen
By Airman 1st Class Jamie Coggan, 355th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 20, 2007
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --
The Culture of Responsible Choices committee here sponsored a presentation promoting safety and sound decision-making at the base theater here April 11.
"Street Smart" is an ongoing event presented by the Stay Alive From Education program, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing teen injuries and fatalities. Mr. Ronny Garcia and Mr. Vince Easevoli, both firefighter paramedics and SAFE volunteers, were the two presenters at the D-M event.
Airman 1st Class Spencer Doll from the 355th Medical Squadron here acted as an underage drinker who got in a car accident and was in critical condition. Mr. Garcia and Mr. Easevoli used actual medical equipment to demonstrate the methods they would employ to try to save his life.
"I thought that Vince and Ronny put on a high-energy, high-impact presentation on the repercussions of not making responsible choices," said Lt. Col. David J. Carrell, deputy commander of the 355th Mission Support Group and chairman of the CORC committee.
Based out of Miami, Fla., Mr. Garcia and Mr. Easevoli travel the U.S. performing for high schools, colleges and military youth.
"We are not trying to tell the youth what to do," said Mr. Garcia. "They are already making their own decisions. What we do is show them a real-life look at the possible consequences of irresponsible actions."
Colonel Carrell said he expects attendees will have a new appreciation for wearing a seat belt and will be even more aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Mr. Garcia and Mr. Easevoli have also performed Street Smart demonstrations in Germany, England, Guam and Korea.
For more information on SAFE, visit www.safeprogram.com.