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NorthWest EMS personnel, Emsworth and Ben Avon firefighters and Ohio Township Police tend to Emsworth public works employee Rick Cummings after he was extracted from the borough’s pump station Wednesday morning. Cummings reportedly was performing maintenance on the station, which lies some 30-40 feet down a ladder in the small building pictured above, when he passed out, possibly due to low oxygen levels. Photo by The Citizen

Northgate high school students got a pretty realistic look at the consequences of drunk driving Wednesday afternoon when Bellevue police and firefighters staged a “mock crash.’ Presented in hopes of protecting students who will be attending proms and graduation parties in the coming weeks, the mock crash features a scenario in which a car of teenagers who have been drinking crosses the center line and collides with a vehicle full of their friends, killing one girl and sending two others to the hospital, one by helicopter.

Third graders at Avonworth Elementary School learned a bit about reading with something other than their eyes when Sue Etters and her guide dog, Forbes, visited the class recently to read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” from a Braille book.