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Liberty students relive mock accident

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More tears were shed and more emotions were shared Friday afternoon when Liberty High School students were led into an assembly on the second day of its Every 15 Minutes event.

A casket was brought in to signify the mock deaths of two Liberty students, Amy Chavira and Connor Kirk, in a drunken driving accident staged Thursday. Later, Liberty soccer standout Jordan Moineau was brought in on a wheelchair, paralyzed because of the accident. Drunk driver Tyler Cookson was escorted into the mock memorial service in prison stripes and chains flanked by two Madera County correctional officers.

“This really hit me,” said Tom Shevenell, CalFire captain, who helped stage the accident scene and was one of the first responders. “It hit hard especially since the Moineaus are my neighbors. It’s one of the things we dread the most. To work in the community that we live in is most difficult. Not only for me, but for others participating that live in the Ranchos. What we did may be training, but it was real.”

Pastor Paul Krob, Jr. sent a message to the Liberty High School seniors that they need to make the right choices...


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