East Texas children learn lifesaving lessons

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "Because I really haven't seen an airplane or helicopter before, so it's kind of exciting," said Crockett Elementary student Madison Phillips.

She's only in third grade, but she knows what to do with engine failure.

"About like how you would get the person in the helicopter and like what would you do if you lost an engine and all about that stuff," Phillips said.

Some even know how to handle the patients.

"That they put sick people in the back of the airplane," said 3rd-grader Akira Bibbs.

Some were focused more on the character.

"That they're really good guys and they try to help everybody," said 3rd-grader Jessica Garcia.

Teachers are happy they can look into learning even outside the classroom.

"It's just a lot of fun for them anyway just to see how things work and it might give them a little future occupational goal," said 3rd-grade teacher Tessa Easley.

Derrick Sherman is already thinking about a firefighting career.

"Because it's fun and you got cool stuff and it's like, it's where people brave and stuff and you get on top of a tall ladder," Sherman said.

There's nothing like the Jaws of Life taking apart a car to help kids decide how they want to put their lives together.

"It makes me happy because they are like doing this just for our whole school, you know it's really good," Phillips said.

Whether they realize it or not, they are in training.

"They might be willing to step up to all or even to do what somebody tells them over the phone as early as three, four years of age," said Grapeland Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Captain Timothy Howard.

Showing these students how emergency response works, may help them be the first responders.

The kids got lots of freebees like coloring books, pencils and erasers, not to mention the free career advice.