Thank you for this wonderful program. I've heard about this program about 6 years ago when a friend's son had this at their school down in El Toro, CA. This will help teens open their eyes. I hope that this will help parents plan their child(rens) weddings and not their funerals! Great job. keep it up. Beverly Hills, CA
Tami Hassenfratz Apr 28, 2010
The 15 minutes program came to my school and I don't know if it's the people they picked but everyone was in shock of everything. Especially since the people that helped were the most charasmatic and the type that made the school feel like home. Thanks a lot
Mystery Apr 27, 2010
hi im so glad u guys have this program. i was in a drunk driver accident , they say im lucky to be walking . i was trapped in the car, my friend was sober but the other guy who hit us was drunk. He took his life and he also took my best friends life. im 15 years old and i wish this never happened and he knew the outcome of drunk driving becuse it may have saved his life and my friends. I wish You guys the best of luckk and i kno you will change a life , thank u ! R.I.P Lacey
Lisa marie Knight Apr 24, 2010
you guys changed my life forever. thanks to chris stevens, angel arceo, and brian marse. you guys are amazing.
Jack McHugh Apr 24, 2010
Today and yesterday every 15 minutes came to my school St. Mary's High School and it really had and impact on my friends and I it was so sad I cried I hope that doesn't happen to my friends or me. Save a life don't drink and drive. Stockton, Ca
Marisa Escobar Apr 23, 2010
Our High School presented the "Every 15 Minutes" program yesterday and today. Tonight, my son's facebook status for all of his friends to read said "every 15 minutes, that means our school would be completely wiped out in 5 days". What an eye opening statement coming from a 15 year old because of the important message and powerful delivery! Thank you! Spencer, IA
Jessica Ranslow Apr 23, 2010
Today i attended my daughters mock funeral at St. Paul High School. She was one of the fortunate students that were an important part of your program. I am sure it has touched the hearts of many students here. i would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having this program for teens. I was especially touched by the guest speaker Jason for sharing his story with us. I only hope that some day your program will be in all high schools.
Yvette Corona Apr 23, 2010
I remember when I was in high school they did this program I think it was when I was in 10th (2000-2001) or 11th grade(2001-2002). I remember I was sitting in english class and the person dress as the grim reaper came in and took one of the girls in my class who participated in it and then a cop came in and told us how she died. then during my tech ed class they came over the speaker an announced the crash they were staging in front of the school. It was scary though. I read in the paper this morning that my high school is doing it again next week. Olney, MD
Rachel Apr 22, 2010
Hello i'm veronica Every 15 min. came to my school. yesterday. unfortunantly i wasn't able to participate but i did have the privilige to join the action online. school participates that i know of were friends, some of there are really close to i even had my cousin die..it really touched me because i actually felt like everything was happening for real i really got touched and hurt. every 15 min. is something that i will support forever
Veronica Rodriguez Apr 21, 2010
The every 15 minutes program came to my school yesterday and today! this really did hit alot of people, i was crying and alot of other kids at my school did too! i wanted to say thank you for coming to centennial high school and showing us how this can happen to anyone and how preventable it really actually is. i really do hope that kids will reallly think about this program and it opens kids eyes when they make that decision to drink and drive! thank you! Las Vegas, NV
centennial H.S student. las veges, nv Apr 16, 2010
Hi i think this is a wonderful program because it will help teens think before they drink and drive I'm 18 years old and I"m glad that there is a program like this i love this program. Tuson, AZ
Gabrieelle Castillo Apr 15, 2010
I just saw day one of the program at my childrens high school, Linden High in Linden Ca. I want to say Thank's! very powerful! I hope that it gets the lesson across to the kids about drinking and driving. The part that really got to me was at the end when the sheriff explained how fast word gets around and with in an hour the dead students phone was ringing and just kept ringing. This was how the ended the program. Again, very powerful!
Kevin Kidd Apr 15, 2010
We just had the Every 15 Minutes Program at my school this past week and it has been the most emotional thing I have ever had to go through. Some of my friends hypothetically died and I literally could not handle it. Having to watch them get their lives taken was just like..wow! One of my best friends died because of his dad who was drunk. And this was just last week. And then watching the accident was like watching his accident. It was just horrifying. But I am glad that this program was even created because it left a huge impact on me and my friends. Strasburg, CO
Icey M. Hawley Apr 15, 2010
I have only saw one day, the assembly is tomorrow, Wow all I have to say is don't drink and drive, apparently the crowd got the message, when the Girl was put into the hearst utter silence. Manlius, NY
Tim Bennett Apr 15, 2010
Want to thank you for Every 15 Minutes web site
May 24-25 Riverside County, P.V.V.H.S.
Palo Verde Valley H.S.
Will be conducting Exercises with Local Agencies to make a video about Students who drive drunk. I would like to say that everyone who drive drunk can learn from this: Every 15 Minutes web site and Video.
Every 15 Minutes
Hopefully it will be a Life-Long Lesson for all of us. Frank
Exercises? "What Excuses" Excuses"
Frank Apr 15, 2010
My schools every 15 minutes program starts tommorow when my mother was reading the handouts she started crying just thinking about the possibiltity of it happenign for reals becuase her friends when she was younger were killed by a drunk driver i think its a good program maybe less ppl will drink and drive after the program ends Whitewater, Ca
melissa Hiebert Apr 14, 2010
I am a new jersey EMT, as well as a teenager. Recently my squad was asked to take part in the Every 15 Minute even at High Point High school. I have had to deal with this in real life before and i truly wanted to show the my town and my peers what can happen if you drink and drive. People came up to me afterward crying, asking me how i can keep my wits about me when things like that happen for real and my answer was because someone has to, why not it be me? It was emotionally trying for me as well even knowing what was supposed to happen, it was a shock to see my brother painted up with the rest of the victims. Thank you for helping to raise awareness. Wantage, NJ
Jacqueline Hart Apr 14, 2010
Wow. What a meaningful site. My school should really have every 15 minutes come- that would really do a lot, especially since a lot of the kids in my school see m to think that Drunk Driving is not that big of a deal. Thanks for the great info, Every 15 Minutes! Shelburne, VT
Katharina Thomas Apr 14, 2010
I saw you guys at my school today, and it really got me thinking... what if it were real.
Ariahnah Apr 13, 2010
I am very proud to be involved with the "Every 15 Minutes" program presented by the Metropolitan Police Department. As a responder to fatal accidents and as a parent, I am grateful for the program. Las Vegas, NV
Dwayne Wilson (Las Vegas United REACT Apr 13, 2010
My daughter Ariel seen your program at her school on April 7-8 at Silverado High. She came home telling me yours story that I was getting chils and crying my head off. she printed out the contracts and will be handing them out to all her family memebers. I just want to thank you for teaching this children in high school that it can happen to anyone. thanks again, Juana Beltran
Juana Beltran Apr 12, 2010
As a coroner's assistant for whom traffic accidents make up the vast majority of her work, I must say that this program was very powerful. Of course, seeing the true results of drunk driving is far more powerful, by the time there are results, it's too late for someone's child, someone's friend, someone's mentor. As fake as the deaths are in the Every Fifteen Minutes simulation, the emotions behind them are not. And that makes all the difference. San Jose, CA
Rose Silvers Apr 11, 2010
Every time I go out drinking, I refuse to go home with someone drunk. Because of this program I really feel the need to say it. I still would have without this. This program hit my senior class hard. 2 years later, I still tear up thinking about how hard this hit my senior class. Mattapoisett, MA
anonymous Apr 9, 2010
I am Morgan Giorgi, and i was involved in the Every 15 Minutes at my school, which was on April 6th and 7th, 2010. I was "drinking" with my friend at the lake and did not put my seat belt on in the car, and in the crash i flew through the windshild and was half on the dash and in the car. I was the one the one dead at the scene. But being able to experience all this really made me think about how real it actually is. How someones life can be taken away so fast. I really hope it shows the students at my school a lesson on how bad it is to drink and drive. Because i sure know now that i will never ever get in the car with someone who has been drinking. I am thankful that i was able to experience this.
Morgan Giorgi Apr 9, 2010
Every 15 Minutes just came to my school today (April 8, 2010) and we have the second part yet to come tomorrow. I would like to say thank you so much for giving my peers the opportunity to see the effects of drunk driving. I've never had a personal experience with a drunk driving accident but I've been effected greatly by this amazing program nonetheless. I'm not even sure what else to say because I'm still a bit shaken by the experience. Once again, thank you.
Stina Trignani Apr 8, 2010
My daughter was in the every 15 minute program at our school held April 5-April 6 2010. All I can say is WOW. We are a small town, but the impact was big! I work in a hospital and I have seen more than I ever wanted to see. Accidents involving teens, adults, and the elderly. I could never say Delphi, IN
beth flores Apr 6, 2010
I was involved as a parent in the every 15 minutes program. It was so powerful, emotional, and informative, if it saves one person from making bad choices, all the pain and emotions we all went through will be well worth it.. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.. Modesto, CA
Lynda Lobdell Apr 2, 2010
This program had to have been one of the most important times for our senior class. We are fortunate to have been able to experience it. Thanks so much for all your work!!!
James Echavarria Apr 1, 2010
I think that this mock accident that you guys take the time to do is a very good idea on helping teens understand how important this really is and its not something to play aroung with. I really take this to heart and fully because one of my favorite cousing is sitting in prison now for 6 years for drinking and driving and also because his passenger had flown out of the passenger window because they were speeding and didnt have their seat belts on. This is why i like for everyone else to understand how dangerous this really is. I thank you guys so much for doing this mock accident. Always, Brittany Strick Sussex, NJ
Brittany Strick Apr 1, 2010
WOW i hope this comes to my town. Hobbs , NM
Rochelle Mercer Mar 31, 2010
My high school just did the Every 15 Minutes program today and it really hit home. I was a part of the organization and alot of my close friends took part in. Sultan, WA
Johanna Helm Mar 31, 2010
I'm really glad this program came to my school because it got everyones attention that it's true. People really do die in some sort of car accident, I lost someone very special to me. It effected people, now people make more good desicions, people are now thinking twice before drinking and driving and/or getting in the car with someone drinking. I just wanted to say thanks and maybe you can come again to Union Mine high school in two years instead of four, I really did did this program great. Paris Taitague
Paris Taitague Mar 29, 2010
Hollywood totally butchers the act of dying ---- and the associated grieving ---- in its dumb movies and TV shows.
Fake death, but far more authentic:
The kids at Heritage High School in Menifee and Murrieta Valley High School last week watched death portrayed through the "Every 15 Minutes" program. The simulated teen anti-drinking and driving program is closer to real life than Hollywood's silly depictions, but the viewer in pantomime never smells the real blood or excrement, or sees the eviscerated bowel or decapitated head of the real dead and dying.
In medical lingo, it's called "stertorous breathing" and "Cheyne-Stokes respirations"; the medic tries vainly to calm the drunken 16-year-old girl trapped by the collapsed steering wheel and impaled legs and feet. She gasps for breath in loud, panicky fits, her eyes wild with fear. The color drains out of her face.
Suddenly, almost calm now, she looks up at the medic, perhaps clear-headed for the first moment since this accident happened. "Please," she gasps, "tell my father I'm sorry I effed up."
In the cramped quarters of the smashed car, the medic supports the girl's head, and the sirens wail, announcing the arrival of the firefighters whose jaws of life will make no difference this night. As the girl dies, a last gasp. Then, another. Then ---- nothing.
There is nothing you can do to save a girl physically impaled by the metal components of a car. It is a call that has remained with me 30 years.
In the aftermath of the "Every 15 Minutes" simulated crash, staged on the football field of Murrieta Valley High School on Day 1 of the program, participating students and parents get a taste of grief and loss. Secluded in a local hotel, the "dead" and "injured" kids listen to guest speakers, and then write "Dear Mom and Dad" letters to their parents to say what they might say if they were really dead. Taken seriously, the exercise drives home the point.
"I get it now," said Tim, who earlier lay trussed up on a backboard at Inland Valley Medical Center. "Can I get out of this head brace?" he asked, clearly uncomfortable after being confined for 45 minutes.
"Not yet," he was told. "In real life, the patient stays like this a lot longer than this."
Smiling, Tim said, "Yup, I get it."
One great tool to make sure your kids continue to "get it" is to use a "driver contract" that outlines the terms and conditions under which your child can drive. There are several excellent templates on the Web provided free. Simply download the ones that fit your needs ---- from a short single-page agreement to a multi-page volume sure to scare any kid straight ---- and make your kids read and sign it before ever giving them a set of car keys.
May you never be burdened by a child's words: "Please, tell my parents I'm sorry I effed up."
ANDY McINTOSH Mar 29, 2010
I was so honored and thankful to be a part of this amazing program last week at my high school, Madera High. I was on staff at the student retreat with our activites director and fellow teacher. We were so amazed at the impact this program had on our students. Even though we knew the events were reenacted, seeing students pulled from car accidents made my heart cry. This program needs to be mandatory for all high schools. I would happily assist with this program every time it comes to our school. What a powerful message to send out before spring break, prom, graduation and summer. Thank you every 15 minutes. Madera, CA
Lisette Lancaster Mar 27, 2010
As a student and a firefighter in training i have been greatly moved by the presentation and reenactments they did at our school. It has made me open my mond to others an has also made me think about what would happen if it was me that died or me that killed someone!! It would b such a burden for the rest of my life and i am really grateful that i am not one of those people in real life... I just thaught i would put a little student input and thank everyone that put this on at Union Mine High School!!! Awesome job guys!!
Cody Dayton Mar 26, 2010
Thanks so much for coming to our school and having such an impact on all of us. We all went into this laughing, thinking it was no big deal, and by the end of the second day, most of us were in tears.
Kalmina Wu Mar 25, 2010
thank you for coming to our school. i think we all learned sumthing about drunk driving and the actors were awesome as the victims. and it was my first time seeing it so it was awsome. thank you
monica Mar 25, 2010
That was a big inpact on our school. it ws sad to see all those people die throughout the school day here a stephenville high school of texas. thank u for showing us what could happen!! Stephenville, Texas
Steven Mar 24, 2010
That was a big inpact on our school. it ws sad to see all those people die throughout the school day here a stephenville high school of texas. thank u for showing us what could happen!! Stephenville, Texas
Steven Mar 24, 2010
today, every 15 minutes came to my school for the crash part of the program, it really hit me harder than i would expect. I really think this program is highly affective and should be shown at other schools
sophia Mar 23, 2010
I did Every 15 Minutes last year(2008-09). I died March 31, 2009 at 1:00pm. This was a life changing experiences for me. I am now on the staff for the program.
Thank you for starting this program.
Camron Bamonte Mar 23, 2010
We recently had this program visit my high school Mayfield and i have been interested in this program and decided to join it to show teens that this is not a joke that its really happening.i lost one of my good friends in a accident that a drunk driver caused and now that she's gone i've been trying to show my friends that in a blink of an eye you might not see you love ones again. This is an awesome program! Las Cruces, NM
Bre Pantoja Mar 19, 2010
my school is doing the every 15 minutes program next month and i am going to be one of the "living dead"
melissa hiebert Mar 19, 2010
Every15Minutes.com came to my son's high school in 2000 or 2001. I didn't know anything about it and when I picked my son up from school, he was telling me all about it and I literally started crying just hearing about it! I went home and learned about it online and I can't stress enough what a fantastic program this is! Every single high school in the country should participate in this program. It should be made available and be mandatory. It works and it opens up conversations with our teens that really need to be opened. I know my son was extremely moved by it, and even told me some of his friends (his male friends) were crying during the memorial service, even knowing it hadn't actually happened! That's compelling and that kind of impact is exactly what we need! To this day, my son always has a sober designated driver or he takes a cab. No exceptions! I commend Every15Minutes.com and thank all those who have made it possible in our schools and for our teens! Laurie H
Laurie H. Mar 10, 2010
This is a great program. I've been lucky enough to play the Grim Reaper for the past 6 years at one of the local high schools and I must say, they go into this laughing and by the time it's over, most of the participants are in tears.
Joe Mar 9, 2010
Thank you for coming to our school. This program has a great meaning to it and i think every school should go through this.
Calicrook Mar 3, 2010
Every 15 Minutes is a life changing thing. When teens get warned as they have these MOCKS and speakers teens realize how serious they get and understand the consequences that is behind drinking and driving. I'm in a Stand Tall Don't Fall group and we tried to proposed my high school of having a Every 15 Minute MOCK scene, and the school rejected it. We tried and tried but the school just wouldn't so that was that. We still try to get the word out though with teens in our group and within the community. So thanks Every 15 Minutes your a life changing program which helps a lot. Thank You...
Michael Mar 1, 2010
For my senior project 2 years ago I coordinated the every 15 Minutes program. I went back this year to speak to the high ups at the school to bring it back again. I was shocked when I was turned down. I even showed them several of the responces I have gotten over the past 2 years from the partisipants and the viewers. Fortunatly to this day my high school has not seen one death related to alcohol.
However I am sad to say someone I knew from my graduating class was arrested for DUI not to long ago. Shortly after his arrest I got an e-mail from him saying that he should have paid attention more to the program that was done during his senior year and I'm sure that hes passing the word around now.
Thanks E15M for making a differance in the community. Keep up the good work! - Tony, Frederick MD
(completed project April 25, 2008 at Tuscarora High)
Tony Feb 23, 2010
K cool program. late...
Matt and Andrew Feb 18, 2010
I CAN TELL YOU AS A MEDIC IN THIS PRODUCTION IT HAS AN IMPACT ON US TOO!
John Greene Feb 17, 2010
As everyone would know, drinking and driving is not a smart idea. Ive been at my county morgue and sow how many people are related in theses accidents when alcohol is involved. If they wouldn't drink and drive they wouldn't end up in the morgue. Its sad. The Every 15 minutes Program really helps teens to show what will happen to you if you drink and drive. Its horrifying for the family members to get a call from the Coroner's office or the Medical Examiners office saying there son/daughter/wife/husband ect is in the morgue. YOU CAN PREVENT THIS! Hollister, CA
Milton Castelo Dec 5, 2009
If this video isn't affective for anyone that drinks and drives, I guess their life is definately in God's hands......Muskogee, OK
Brenda Silkebakken Nov 19, 2009
very POWERFUL PROGRAM. I AGREE IT S/B MANDATORY FOR JR HIGH - SR HIGH. IF IT SAVES ONE CHILD IT WOULD BE WORTH IT. I HAVE BEEN TOO CLOSE TO THE REALITY OF THIS IN MY LIFE, BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD WE WERE SPARED. OUR GUARDIAN ASNGELS ARE VERY BUSY. THEY NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Spencer, Iowa
THERESA WURTH Oct 19, 2009
WOW!!! Thank you so much for coordinating and bringing the "Every 15 Minutes" Program to Winters Mill High School.We have never been involved in such a powerful, moving program throughout my sons' schooling. (Nor have we attended an assembly with so many well-deserved standing ovations!) If "Every 15 Minutes" helps one Falcon make a better choice or prevents one Falcon from getting hurt or saves one Falcon life, then all of the thought, time and effort was worthwhile!!! The program is promoting our students to "think" and "remember" making it even more effective.
Please convey our appreciation to those emergency personnel who may have taken time away from their families to be with our children or who may have taken time off from their jobs.
Lastly, thank you for bringing such a strong, meaningful message to the entire Falcon Community and for providing my son with one of the best learning experiences ever!!!!!
Joe and Teresa McCulloh
Teresa McCulloh Sep 25, 2009
Today this program came and did their presentation at my school. Wow. What an experience. It was probably the saddest day of my whole life. The parents and students took it all very seriously, and to heart. I'm so greatful that I got to see everything that I saw. Nothing can compare to "friends dying" and the hurt and pain that the parents had to go through. The thing that hit me the most, was the guest speaker. Oh my gosh. I jsut lost it. I have never cried so much in my life. I support this program 100% and I am extremely greatful that I got to experience it this year. I will never...never drink and drive. I feel very strongly that this presentation impacted a lot of the students. I hope that we all know to make the right choices, and this is something that will stay in our hearts and minds for the rest of our lives. I know that this day will be one that I remember forever.
I hope that this program continues to do what they do. Thank you so much for everything that went on today. Every 15 Minutes :)
Allie Horn Sep 22, 2009
Usually I leave school after an assembly and dont take to heart what I saw and heard and I thought this would be like any other of those times. It wasnt. Seeing the raw emotion displayed by both students and parents was extremely powerful and I know almost all of my peers feel the same way. I have a feeling that this will stay with me for a very long time and my heart truly goes out to those who have lost loved ones and friends to any kind of accident alcohol induced or not. Westminster, MD
anonymous Sep 22, 2009
I aparticipated in the mock crash at etiwanda and it was a life changing experience. It was an emotional day for not just me but for everybody and brought me in on a new prospective in life. I would like to thank this program for changong the so many lives who were involved or witnessed it. Etiwanda
jamal Sep 10, 2009
I have watched all the videos and everything and i really think that the Every 15 Minutes program is amazing. I really think that this program needs to happen at my school! Not to sure on how to go about it though. Waycross, Ga
Chasity Thomas Sep 6, 2009
Being in the Every Fiteen Minutes program truly changed my life. Althought I never really drank and all during high school, this program changed me. After loosing a close friend two years prior to drunk driving, I knew that I had to do this program. My high school had a reputation you could say for parties. However, on the day this program took place... you could hear a pin drop. It was powerful. I played the role of the hospital death and was drenced in fake blood. Having to pretend I was dead and having to write a final goodbye letter to my parents hit me emotionally. It honestly took me weeks to get over it. But I am so glad I did this program. Everyone who was in it changed for the better and really truly understand the meaning of "Take away the keys". I will never ever allow anyone I know to drink and driving, because I know the messy outcomes. I urge anyone who reads these testimonals to get invovled with this program, watch our high schools video (Southwest High School) or ask your school to this program. It is truly life changing, worth-while and eye opening. Thank you Every 15 Minutes. --Jackie Erzinger Green Bay, WI
Jackie Erzinger Sep 4, 2009
I was in the every 15 minute program this last year at my high school. When I first found out i was nominated for this i wasn't really intersted because of an accedent that involved a loved one.But as the director and the officer went on telling us about it all i could think about was how so many of my friends drink and how they don't realize their lives can be gone in less than a second.The first day of the actual event i could hear people laughing in the bleachers and making stupid comments. I think the hardest paert of the program was having to litterely watch your friends die. The funeral part made the most impact because the entire school got to hear our stories of our lives and pictures of our friends and families. The Thing i'll never forget about that day was the look in my best friend's eyes when we finally got to hug after the program. The only thing i remember him telling me was, "Don't you ever die again". His expression will forever remind me why i won't choose to drink and drive.
Alli Forbes Aug 16, 2009
I lost my Dad to a drunk driver in March of 1980, 3 days before my 16th birthday. My life has been forever changed. I love and miss you Dad. My Dad was struck while riding his bicycle home from work on a rural road, by a Navy Chief who was on duty in his private owned vehicle. Thank God for those who saw this drunk hit my Dad and send him 100 yards into a dirt field, because he kept right on driving after the incident. The witnesses followed the drunk and stopped him so he could face the consequences for his action. He was so drunk he was unaware what he had done. He served a small 6 month sentence, on the weekends for what he did. He lost his license but was witnessed driving a Government vehicle, on the Navy Base only weeks late, under the influence again. Some people will NEVER learn, even after being responsible for the unimaginable. Oxnard, CA
Jim Wilson Aug 4, 2009
This past school year I was involved in the Every 15 minutes program at my high school.(Adams City High)I was part of the walking dead, but three of my very close friends were in the mock accident. Two of them were sisters. Identical twins at that. One of them died. Watching the accident knowing that it was not real but it still had a large impact on my life. My other friend who was in the mock crash had "died" at the hospital. At the retreat getting to see everyone was a sureal feeling. There were even people there that I was not too fond of, but the program brought us all together. I am greatful because where I live drinking is considered the "cool" thing to do. Even though the kids didn't show it at first they were greatly impacted by the program. Watching my two friends be tore apart like that was the hardest thing I had to do. Right after the mock accident it was my turn to "die" Seeing my friend who was pronounced "dead at the scene" alive and walking was hard because she still had on her stage make up. I can not tell you how long we held eachother crying because of the impact that it has had on us. Even to this day after we graduated we still talk about the program and how it has taught us a valuable lesson. Life is too precious to waste. Dont drink and drive.
Stephanie Marques, ACHS 2009
Stephanie Marques Jul 22, 2009
I just saw the video from Notre Dame High School. I think this program should be mandatory across the country. Woodstock, GA
Jerry Driscoll Jul 17, 2009
I was a participant in my high school's(Fallbrook Union High School) Every 15 Minutes program this past April. Not only was I a "Walking Dead" and was able to go to the retreat and met so many people who have had their lives impacted by drunk driving but my Dad gave a "mock-eulogy" to the school about me. I knew going into the assembly the on the second day that it was going to be hard listening to my Dad talk about me as though I was gone and never coming back. But I hoped that it would get through to some of the people I knew at school that do drink and sometimes drive while intoxicated.
It was only a day or so after the program that I started having classmates coming up to me and telling me thank you and to tell my Dad thank you as well. They had a realization while sitting in the bleachers during the assembly; My dad could be one of their parents if they didn't stop drinking and driving. It is the cold reality of the situation of drinking and driving, the fact that it can happen to anyone at anytime.
The two people inparticular have told me thank you. One was a girl who I am very close to and for her privacy I will call her Mary. The day after the Every 15 Minutes program was over she told me how she's been having a really hard time in life lately and had up until the day before been thinking about committing suicide by crashing her car. But after seeing my Dad talk about me like I was gone. Mary thought about her parents having to go through the same thing and she just couldn't bring herself to get into the car.
-I do realize that her story doesn't have anything to do with drunk driving but still the Every 15 Minutes Program created an opportunity for Mary to see a reality she hadn't thought of to that extent.
The next story is about a guy, who once again I will call Sam for his privacy. He simply came up to me later in the school year a few months after the program. When he came up to me he pulled me aside and said "thank you so much Jacki, I was completely drunk this weekend at a party and was getting in my car to drive home but all I could think of as I was about to start my car was seeing you in the assembly as your dad read your eulogy. I just couldn't start the car, so I went back inside the house and stayed there that night. Thank you so much, I really think you saved my life."
I knew this program was going to be amazing. I just didn't realize it would give me the opportunity to affect people like this.
Thank you so much for bringing this program to my high school. It really does work.
Jacklyn Vaughan-Chaldy Jul 8, 2009
A couple years ago, one of my friends was killed by a drunk driver going down a residential street at speeds of up to 100 mph. When she was killed she left behind two young children ages 5 and 7 years old. She also was 5 months pregnant and the baby did not survive. I am glad that there are programs like this out there to education high school students of the devastation of drunk driving so that trageties like the one that happened to my friend will not occur. It would be nice if in one of the "Every 15 minutes" programs one of the victims would be a mother of young children and also possibly pregnant.
Jason Snyder Jun 19, 2009
Last month the "Every 15 Minutes" was planned at Foothill High School. My son was one of students involved in the crash. It was devastating and a very emotional two days. As a parent I was asked to come to the school for a parent retreat, I was greeted by students staying after school and the emotion coming from them was sincere. Nothing can prepare you for what happened, not even knowing that it was acting. My boy said the students involved were taken by surprise by how emotional they all got. I am so thankful that this was just a planned lesson and all of our children came home the next day and that this parents worse fear was realized in such a positive and helpful manner. Even if it helps just one student it is worth it. Thank you for such a program, I hope that one day we can name this something that happened in the past not "Every 15 minutes". Again thank you.
Julie Dodson Jun 8, 2009
A week ago you guys came to West Hills high school, and i just wanted to let you know how grateful i am. I am a West Hills senior and i firmly believe that performance and assembly will be by far the most memorable part of my highschool carreer. I really hope that you guys can come more often because i would absolutely love to have more kids see that. I had such a great impact on me and my friends alike. Thank you so much, this is an amazing program. La Mesa, CA
Danielle Vreeland May 28, 2009
This is really great. Graham , Tx
Rebecca and Ashley May 27, 2009
On Oct. 6, 2007 we lost our son (21), his wife of 3 1/2 months (19), and their friend, a young man we had grown to love as a son, he was 24. They were killed by a drunk driver. Because of this earth stopping event, I have joined MADD. I work for the local school system at home and speak to the students at every opportunity. The program you have here is excellant. I will be getting in contact with you the next school year (2010)to see what we can do to use your program at our schools. God bless you all in all that you do.... Thank you in honor of my three... Saucier, MS
Bill Downs May 26, 2009
As a reporter, I have covered and participated in five E15M productions at Northern California Hig Schools. Through my camera lens I have seen the faces of many students who were visibly affected by the productions and assemblies. Though I never like to see someone affected to the point of tears, I know that they will remeber the message and the often graphic images. In a world that promotes alcohol as he only way to celebrate, it's great to see a program that shows youth the potential consequences of drinking and driving. My hat is off to all the personnel who come together to get the message out there. Thanks - Fort Bragg, CA
Tony S. Reed May 22, 2009
The Every 15 Minute organization came to my school and I was blown away. They made it so... Real. The majority of the students who were chosen to be "living dead" were my friends and that hit me hard. I can't imagine actually losing them. After the assembly on day two, I was a wreck. I held all my friends for many minutes at a time and the tears didn't stop falling for a long time. The organization has reminded me of how blessed I am and it reminded me of all the things I have in my life. I want to thank the Every 15 Minute program for that.
Meg May 22, 2009
We just finished the "Every 15 Minutes" program at Foothill High, Sacramento. It was emotional and very informational. I hope that all students and parents got the right message. I know it definitely touched the hearts of the parents and students involved. I am a parent of a student involved and he came home full of stories and it touched him greatly. We talked for hours on the impact it made in his life. Thank you for this life changing mind set and doing this with our school. Sacramento, CA
Julie May 21, 2009
My school just finish Every 15 Minutes and I was the Living Dead. I think it was a great experience. It opens everyone eyes to what drinking and driving can do. At frist i didn't cry but when i saw on of my close friend, who was also part of Every 15 Minutes, mom collaspe i cried. I am happy I did the program. Newport News, VA
Kerin Burgess May 21, 2009
This program was at my school today and we will be continuing it tomorrow, but it has really opened up my eyes...and I hope it will open up others'.
Tippy May 21, 2009
wow i saw the simulation and it really hit a nerve because the people that died were my friends and people that i care about and it would really kill me to see that really happen to my friends because i already lost some one that i cared about and i cant take to lose anyone else. that really made an impact on my life
toni May 21, 2009
My school does Every 15 minutes every other year. This year was even more real than the other year I had witnessed it. My cousin was the "drunk driver" this year. and seeing him speak about how he essentially killed his girlfriend and see him, the football star, the jock, the one who actually does drink and drive, break down like that. that was it for me. RIP ashley and brandon. I'm glad you're not really gone.
R.I.P. Jenny, I'm sorry you died all those years ago <3
Jamie May 19, 2009
This is a wonderful program. although i have personally never lost anyone due ot drunk driving, my older sister did, in 2006, when she was sixteen. her classmate, jenny selitham, was riding in a car that was being driven by a driver who was unknowningly drunk. he hit a pole, and jenny was thrown through the windshield. the emotional difficulties my family suffered after that were indescribably painful. people, esp. young people, need to become more aware of the dangers of alcohol. they also need to learn more about this wonderful program designed to educate people about drunk dirving. do not let alochol harm anyone in your life. rest in peace, all of those lost to drunk driving. Hercules, California
lina May 18, 2009
The Every 15 Minutes Program changed my life in every way possible. The crash scene was so eye opening and scary, but scary in an aware way. The thing that touched me the most was the assembly. I couldn't help but to pour tears during all of the speeches the students gave. When the students reunited with their parents, it just touched my heart. Even if you are sober and you are driving, there is always the risk of a drunk driver hitting you. This program changed my life dramatically and I could never thank you guys enough for this eye-opening experience. Irvine, CA
Anonymous May 18, 2009
I want to thank you guys for this! this can be a lesson learnd to alot of people i just hope people relize this is reality not a fairy tale n this can happen to anyone! thank you guys and keep doing what you do. Selma, CA
Arissa Marie May 16, 2009
Hey i wanted to thank you guys for coming out and doing this at our school...it really impacted a lot of kids and will hopefully affect thier decisions about drinking and driving with prom coming this weekend! Irvine , Ca
Jason Cooper May 14, 2009
My school is participating in every 15 minutes next week and I want to tell you just by helping to set this up has already made a huge impact on my life. My cousins best friend was killed by a drunk driver so this is really hitting home & kinda is mkaing relieve that how situation. Dexter, Maine
Ruth Mower May 13, 2009
Hello, my name is Emily Ramos. I go to Natomas High School and we were visited by the program today. I cannot thank you enough for putting the word out about drunk driving. It really hit our students hard to see their own friends and classmates being "killed" and taken away all because of peoples selfless and reckless acts. Seeing everything happen live was absolutley life changing. Thanks again. -emily ramos and the students of natomas high.
Emily Ramos May 12, 2009
I wanted to thank your organization for giving us students at Nogales High School such an unforgettable life-changing experience. Teens know about the consequences that result from drinking but having their friends, classmates, and in my case, family members, participate in the program completely changes our attitude towards the problem. Although i did not participate in the planning and presentation of the accident and funeral, i feel as if i were. My brother had the opportunity to participate in the reenactment and by having his life story told and then taken away by an intoxicated driver really made me aware that innocent people are at risk. You dont have to be the drunk driver in order to be at risk. Every fifteen minutes an innocent life is tragically ended by the stupidity of a drunken driver. I cannot imagine the pain and sorrow family and friends go through when they get that horrible call or knock on the door. I hope i never have to. Although i knew that it was an act, i couldn't help to think about the possibility of it being a reality. Let me just say the pain was unbearable. I sat there in the front row facing my mother and all the other parents' agony at the thought of their children's life ending so terribly. It was painful to see my classmates and friends say their last goodbyes to their parents. And for the parents to say goodbye to their kids. Once again i sincerely thank you for the experience and i am sure that all of our faculty and students will never forget these past two days. Thank you. La Puente, CA
Yesika Tamayo May 9, 2009
I was part of the program. After it was all over, it hit me about how much it can all be over all because of a stupid split second decision. Drinking and driving impacts more than just the people involved. It impacts the families, friends and everyone who comes in contact with the victims. Please, if your reading this and thinking it's not a big deal, it is. It made the biggest impact on me and I hope my participation in it will help spread the word to others about it. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this magnificant program. It really makes a difference. Williamsburg, Va
Kelsey Daly May 8, 2009
Thank you so so much for visiting Golden Sierra today. It was so... shocking to see some of my favorite people in the world die and fail a sobriety test and stuff. It was really eye opening. I know I will never DUI, ever. I could never make my parents write my obituary. Cool, CA
C May 7, 2009
Yesterday, there was a Every 15 Minutes showing at our school that really impacted me. Today was the rest of it. We watched the video that they made of what had happened, which really hit me and it made me think that it could happen to me or one of my friends and how my familt would feel if that had happened to me. When I was listening to the parents and kids read their Good-Bye Letters to eachother I thought about all the families and friends that never or would never get the chance to say good-bye. One family that went up to read their Good-Bye Letter, they were saying good-bye for real because their son had passed away in August of last year and they never got the chance to say good-bye. I felt for them. I wanted so much that they could have their son back. But because that, Every 15 Minutes someone under the influence of alcohol gets behind the wheel, we wont be able to say good bye. That's why I'm helping to by spreading the word even farther to not drink and drive. And I want to thank you for what you're doing because it does help, a lot.
Tori Roberts May 6, 2009
Yesterday, there was a Every 15 Minutes showing at our school that really impacted me. Today was the rest of it. We watched the video that they made of what had happened, which really hit me and it made me think that it could happen to me or one of my friends and how my familt would feel if that had happened to me. When I was listening to the parents and kids read their Good-Bye Letters to eachother I thought about all the families and friends that never or would never get the chance to say good-bye. One family that went up to read their Good-Bye Letter, they were saying good-bye for real because their son had passed away in August of last year and they never got the chance to say good-bye. I felt for them. I wanted so much that they could have their son back. But because that, Every 15 Minutes someone under the influence of alcohol gets behind the wheel, we wont be able to say good bye. That's why I'm helping to by spreading the word even farther to not drink and drive. And I want to thank you for what you're doing because it does help, a lot. Waterford, CA
Tori Roberts May 6, 2009
I decided to finally get on the website and check this out! I just want to thank you all for showing up at Lebanon High School. It was a real pleasure. The entire school was practically in tears and people are STILL talking about it. I think you made a big impact on us!(: Also I have a step father that drinks constantly. Now, everytime he wants to leave the house drunk, I pursuade him into not leaving. You've have not only helped me but I'm sure MANY MANY others. I appreciate what you all are doing. Thanks for visiting us here in Lebanon.(: Lebanon, IN
Anonymous May 5, 2009
Today was the funeral and the court hearing. i cried my eyes out and i told myself i wasn't going to cry. my friends were in the crash and i cried when i heard there letter to their parents. the letters from the parents made me cry even more. i understand why they use class mates from our class and use there actual names and everything: to show us the reality of the real world and how THIS can happen to anyone, our family, friends and even ourselves.The best program ever. Lemoore, CA
Jason Reith May 1, 2009
These past two days really opened up my eye to life and how precious and valuable it really is. Im a senior at Sirra Vista High School and this program helped me out alot. Although i did not partcipate in it, i was still apart of it. I just wanted to say thank you to the Every 15 minutes program for giving me the oppprtunity to see what could happen before it actually could of. Las Vegas, NV
Jazmyne Perez May 1, 2009
You guys came to my high school back in 2002. Your program inspired me to go into trauma surgery. I graduate med school next year and am currently applying to for my surgical residency. Thanks for the experience. Del Mar, Ca
Drew May 1, 2009
My son is a senior at Mattanacook Academy and he was part of the living dead for this program.I just want to say that I am grateful to this program and what they stand for.It was the hardest 2 days of my life,but am proud that my son wanted to be a part of it.I can only hope my younger son will too want to be a part of this.I had an aunt who was killed by a drunk driver when she was just 9 yrs old.She was walking along the side of the road and he hit and dragged her under his car.I never had a chance to meet her,but I know the impact it had on my dad and his family.This man just recently was picked up again for drinking and driving.How sad that killing my aunt yrs.ago was not an eye opener.Anyways,thank you for this program and if it helps just one child to make the right decision you have won!! Lincoln, Me
Connie Cox May 1, 2009
We had our Every Fifteen Minute Program on April 28- 29, 2009, at River City High School. It was really sad. It had a great impact on me and a lot of people at my school, especially seeing our friends participating in our crash, and the assembly, just thinking that could happen to them or any of us. West Sacramento, CA
Angelica Apr 30, 2009
I am a junior at Franklin High in New Jersey. Our school has never done anything like this and to have it done while i was attending was an incredible life changing experience. Even though no one was killed or injured, i felt so deeply touched and cried during the almost 4 hour memorial service. About 100 tissue boxes were passed around the auditorium and everyone shed at least a tear. I never want to go through this or have a loved one go through this. It's Horrible. Somerset, New Jersey
Natasha Apr 30, 2009
today our school had the crash today and tomorrow is our assembly, but i must say today was a major eye opener. i never want to see my friend get arrested, or have another lying on the floor screaming she doesn't want to die. Have another pronounced dead on the secne. like that just eats me alive. i appreciate programs like this. i mean this definitly showed me the light. De Pere, Wisconsin
Hannah Apr 29, 2009
Every 15 minutes is put on in our local high school (Bishop Union High) every 2 years. While I have attended a few I had never participated until 2008. My daughter Meghan Julie Riggs was killed in a car crash (drowsy driver) in 2004. After speaking a a few CHP Start Smart programs, I attended the crash scene the day before and thought I would never be able to speak the next day. Then I saw the faces of the kids and knew, I needed to tell them, what it was like for a parent to go through what I did. Going to the hospital to beg God for my daughters' life. Its an experience like none other. I applaud the creators of this program. They have done a great service. Thank you! Bishop, CA
Mary Zaragoza Apr 26, 2009
I saw this program at my school this week! I thought it was a good thing to have this out there to show teens that being with the in crowd won't always mean your the coolest person! If you don't drink more people will think you are one of the toughest people at a party or where ever you are! It was very touching and I started crying during it!! I think it is amazing still!! Pocatello, Id
Anjelica Apr 24, 2009
The last few months we knew there was going to be a presentation at the FSK High School. My daughter was asked to a participant. The last 2 days, she her mother and i participated at this event, listening to the speakers, watching the kids be involved in the crash scenario and how the outcomes at the hospital and courtroom all played out. The video for the entire assembly this morning was so powerful, you could hear a pin drop. I was in tears for most of the two days events, as i handled fatal car crashes as a police officer. It still brings back memories to me. With the powerful real time speakers both during the evening session and then during the final assembly, the point came clear and concise to not drink and drive and to make the proper decision. i have spoken to 4 students that were at the assembly and they all felt that it made an extreme impact on them. Two of them even said it made their day very sad and depressing, but that it hit the right message. One girl even texted her mother to say she loved her during the assembly and that she will never drink and drive. What a great event-- this should be in every school in the nation. I have decided to take the certification class in hopes that I can help in future events. Thanks goes out the Carroll County Team for a fantastic job on the event. FSK High School, i know will have a safer spring time because of this event. Union Bridge, Md
Kevin Strack Apr 24, 2009
This program comes to high schools in my area. Some kids are so deeply affected by it. If it changes one persons mind about the seriousness of drinking and driving it was a success. I have seen it bring the biggest baddest most manly athletes to uncontrolable tears. Keep up the good work, its working. Santa Rosa, CA
Anna Apr 23, 2009
Ever since my freshman year of high school, I've noticed that my school is involved with Every 15 minutes, and i'd like to take the time to thank the people who developed the program, because I have been affected by it every year. Seeing as I'm a senior this year, I was very excited to see if i would be chosen to "die," but i wasn't. This process of choosing I don't understand, but I was very sad to know that two of my friends "died," and I couldn't talk to them for two days. This really struck home with me, and I have never had a drink in my life (shocking to know I'm a senior, huh?) and I hope this program touches not only me, but everyone who endures the pain of losing someone, either in a real situation, or a mock death. Mattapoisett, MA
Holly Gordon Apr 23, 2009
Today my school participated in its first ever Every 15 Minutes. Many of the students here understood the severity of this program. But many took it as a joke. I was severely appalled. One of my very close friends had to sit in silence while other students joked about the crash, when she herself lost a best friend to a drunk driver. I hope this program continues at our school. This is not a laughing matter and maybe the more this program goes on the more people it will affect. I thank this program for opening up the eyes of those with a big enough heart to care.Lancaster, CA
Katrina Apr 21, 2009
Dear Officer Wilson,We wanted to thank you for allowing us to share Kenton's story and for your endless dedication to the fight against impaired drivers. Your passion and commitment are an inspiration. Please continue your efforts for you are making the world a better place. Take care, be safe and God Bless,The Iwaniec Family; Ken, Debby, Acacia, Michael, Sashonna, Theron, Ashley and Kenton Ligonier, PA
Acacia Houck Apr 20, 2009
Drinking and Driving Never a Good Combination. Every day more and more reports of drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs appear in the reports of local law enforcement agencies. Is it because more people are drinking or using drugs and driving; or is it because law enforcement have upped efforts to catch drunk drivers? The answer is that probably both are correct. Drivers should understand that even if they are using prescription drugs that can impair driving they are still guilty of driving under the influence. And, if they should cause a wreck with injuries or death while using prescription drugs that impair their decisions and driving ability they can face the same charges as if they were drunk on alcohol or loaded with street drugs. Driving while impaired is no joke, nor is it cool, nor do those caught DUI find sympathy. Driving while impaired is no different than taking a loaded gun and pointing it at a crowd. Think just a little alcohol won’t affect driving? Think again. In 1963 five young men left a west Georgia technical school in a 1957 red T-bird convertible. They were all headed home when the decision was made to stop and get a six-pack of beer. Life was good. They were having a good time. The car was fast and they were free. They came up on a slow vehicle and the T-bird’s driver chose to pass on a hill. By the time he realized a car was headed toward him it was too late. When the crash was over five promising young men laid dead. Their bodies scattered all across the roadway. Two innocent victims in the on- coming vehicle were dead. The tangle of vehicles left both unrecognizable. Six families suffered a heartbreak that would not end. It takes just a second to make a fatal decision when impaired with alcohol or drugs. Make sure you do not make that mistake. If you plan to drink make sure to have a designated driver. If alcohol consumption becomes an unplanned part of the evening call someone to come pick you up. Never drink and drive, or use drugs and drive. It’s the responsible thing to do. By STEPHANIE MILLER
STEPHANIE MILLER Apr 20, 2009
MY name is addie and I got to participate in the every 15 min. program last week. This is really an eye opener for everyone. Even know I knew that this was all played out and I was pretending to be dead it felts so real. Im glad I did it and Im glad this program exist. Tillamook , OR
Addie Jimenez Apr 19, 2009
This program is great. After watching it at my school, and seeing my classmates reenact something so tragic, I was moved. I think what you do is great! Mineral Wells, TX
Rainey Apr 18, 2009
My daughter participated in the Every 15 Minutes Program at her school today. What an truly inspiring program! The lessons she learned through this program were something that I could never teach alone. The tears that she and I cried were real and this will have a lasting impact on her life !!! Mansfield, TX
Kim Bacchus Apr 17, 2009
In about two weeks i am going to be participating in this program in our county. I have seen a video from about 4 years ago. It was also done in our county. Watching it was amazing. I did not realize how realistic this becomes. I was not classmates with these kids, but their message still hit me hard. I am honored to be a part of this; to be able to spread the word. I am thoroughly exctied for our event. It is going to be great. I know it already. Fort Morgan, CO
Allison Apr 16, 2009
Hello, My name is Juni Nelson and I would like to applaud the "Every 15 Minutes" campaign. Today is our second involvement in this campaign at my school. I am a senior and my sophomore year I "died" in an alcohol related crash during the event. The emotions were real at our moc-funeral and hearing my parents wishing I was alive was intense. I believe that this is a great program but it is a very real and intense Process. Don't let it go overboard or it could really be hurtful. Williams, AZ
Juni Nelson Apr 16, 2009
This program really made me feel like we should all pay attention to what we should do. Because every 15 minutes a teenager dies. And its scary, in Ranum High School We did this program at the beginning of last Tuesday, because it was prom/ graduation. Plus we should all know not to drink, smoke, and drive. Its scary. I know that now. If anyone i know been in an accident i would go over to them and stay by their side. Denver, CO
Michelle Apr 13, 2009
A life lost way too young!!!
I don't want to hear the clichés. I don't want to hear how Angles rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart loved baseball more than anything; how his 22 years were all too short, but packed with love and virtue. I don't want moments of silence before a game; a camera shot of an ADENHART jersey dangling from a hanger; a floral vigil outside the ballpark; a scholarship fund to help kids from his hometown of Silver Spring, Md.
I don't want any of it.
When ballplayers die, Major League Baseball, its operatives and the media do everything possible to comfort us, to numb the pain and give purpose to the purposeless. Just as we were told when death struck Lyman Bostock and Mike Darr and Cory Lidle and Josh Hancock and dozens of other ballplayers, Nick Adenhart is surely in a better place right now, looking down from that big diamond in the sky and smiling in his own special way.
I don't want to hear it.
Adenhart, a young man with a limitless future, is dead because someone who was allegedly drunk decided to get behind the wheel. There is no happy ending; no silver lining; no neatly wrapped Little House on the Prairie conclusion. Life goes on, but not for Adenhart. He is gone, and no matter how many video tributes are played on scoreboards throughout the majors, he will not come back. The woman out there who he was supposed to one day marry will wed someone else. The children he was supposed to sire and raise will never exist. There will be no more birthdays or Christmases or gleeful nights at the ballpark. There will be no gracefully growing old. No grandkids. Nick Adenhart does not exist.
He is dead. Forever.
This is the message -- as painful as burning flesh -- that needs to be told. And told. And told. And told. You drink, you drive, you risk extinguishing somebody's life. Period.
And yet where, exactly, is that message?
And yet where, exactly, is that message?
In the days leading up to Adenhart's death, New York was abuzz with tabloid headlines concerning Joba Chamberlain, the Yankee pitcher who had been arrested during the offseason for driving under the influence. The news, however, had little to do with the DUI and everything to do with the humiliating video of an intoxicated Chamberlain making jokes with police about Yogi Berra's height and New York City's abrasiveness. The newspapers had a field day -- JOBA WACKY! screamed Wednesday's New York Daily News cover, alongside the words, "Yankee star pokes fun at New York, Yogi after DUI bust."
Alcohol? Driving? Eh, no biggie. But to make fun of Yogi Berra ... now that's news.
Maybe I'm too sensitive. Just last November Brian Hickey, a close friend and former managing editor of the Philadelphia City Paper, was crossing the street in Collingswood, N.J., when a hit-and-run driver plowed into him and left him for dead. In the days and weeks that followed, most of us assumed the worst -- Hickey's skull was cracked open, his back was broken and he was in an induced coma. It was a jarringly up-close, personal view of what reckless driving can to do a human being and his family, and even as Hickey has made a remarkable recovery (his Facebook group, "Help Me Find the Person Who Almost Killed Me," is a worthwhile endeavor), I still hold that anger deep inside.
So, please, remember Adenhart for all the right reasons. His decency, his kindness, his talent. But also remember the reality at hand: He is not here -- for no good reason.
Jeff Pearlman Apr 13, 2009
Being a part of this program brings chills up my spine throug every aspect: getting the 9-1-1 calls, dispatching emergency crews to the scene, seeing the grim reaper roam around the crash scene, even seeing the video of the death notifications. Everytime the calls goes out, we hope and pray it's nothing bad. Please make SMART CHOICES. If you are going to drink, please don't drive. I'd rather be awoken at 3am with a phone call from my child that they've had too much to drink than by a knock on my front door by 2 cops and a priest. Gilroy, CA
Rich Ruiz, 911 Dispatcher Apr 8, 2009
With the help of my parents 9 years ago I put on a Every 15 Minutes program for my high school of 4,500 students, when I was a senior. A friend of mine told me of the program and I had to bring it to my school, we did the program 2 weeks before our senior prom and had no problems at all. I have never felt so good about what I was doing for my school and fellow students. To this day this is the one of the best things I have been involved in and organized. Thank you for starting this program and showing everyone how to stop this before it is a problem to begin with. Long Beach , CA
Alexis Apr 8, 2009
March 31st to April 1st marked an experience that I will be sure to take with me for the rest of my life. It started in the early morning first on the loud PA so everyone could hear that dreadful heartbeat and than the sound of death every fifteen minutes it continued through out our school day each time it seemed it hurt more and more. I am very thankful to at least have been part of the visual to see this all happen it was all so real and everyone who helped made an effort to get this message through our heads. Because reality is there are tons of teens out there who are drinking and I hope to God that this program got to them cause it hit me and i hope everyone will take this experience and always remember that every choice you do make there is a consequence weather it may be good or bad. Day two of the every 15 minutes program had t be the most emotional day ever hearing all those things kids and parents would say if that had one last chance to say goodbye. I thank my school and the whole every 15 program for this whole experience and I will share my knowledge every chance I get and from this point on in my life I will never take a day granite and love each moment I have on this earth cause I'll never know when it may be my last. THANK YOU SO MUCH God bless-Callie Sacramento, CA
Callie Senna Apr 6, 2009
We have had an Every 15 Minutes program at our school for about eight years now; however, this is the first year that my class was allowed to partake in the events (Our school allows only Juniors and Seniors to participate and watch the accident). The accident was very real, as I saw it from the inside. I was driving the car that was hit by the drunk driver. I was unconscious and was raced to the ER by ambulance. ... I didn't make it. My parents entered the room and the Grim Reaper was standing next to me. My mom was crying a lot and came over and squeezed my hand. Then she kissed my bloody forehead. I wanted so badly to reach out and comfort her and tell her that everything is all right; but I couldn't. That was the most traumatizing experience of my life. Later that night at the hotel we had to write letters to our parents; I cried so much while writing it. Then my parents cried the next morning when they read it at school. I am so grateful for this Every 15 Minutes, and appreciate the effect it has had on my school. We have a lot of issues with Drinking and the peer pressure is there. This program has had a huge impact on our attitudes at school, and about what we do on the weekends. I am glad that my classmates and my experiences can help others make a better choice.Peshtigo, WI
Dale Sandberg Apr 6, 2009
We have had an Every 15 Minutes program at our school for about eight years now; however, this is the first year that my class was allowed to partake in the events (Our school allows only Juniors and Seniors to participate and watch the accident). The accident was very real, as I saw it from the inside. I was driving the car that was hit by the drunk driver. I was unconscious and was raced to the ER by ambulance. ... I didn't make it. My parents entered the room and the Grim Reaper was standing next to me. My mom was crying a lot and came over and squeezed my hand. Then she kissed my bloody forehead. I wanted so badly to reach out and comfort her and tell her that everything is all right; but I couldn't. That was the most traumatizing experience of my life. Later that night at the hotel we had to write letters to our parents; I cried so much while writing it. Then my parents cried the next morning when they read it at school. I am so grateful for this Every 15 Minutes, and appreciate the effect it has had on my school. We have a lot of issues with Drinking and the peer pressure is there. This program has had a huge impact on our attitudes at school, and about what we do on the weekends. I am glad that my classmates and my experiences can help others make a better choice. Peshtigo, WI
Dale Sandberg Apr 6, 2009
my school is doing an article on this program in our newspaper. and it seems really interesting. im writing the article. :) Vancouver, WA
Kimberley Apr 6, 2009
my school is doing an article on this program in our newspaper. and it seems really interesting. im writing the article. :) Vancouver, WA
Kimberley Apr 6, 2009
The Every 15 Minutes program had to have been on of the most emotional experiences of my life. My friends were the ones actually in the simulated accident and it was extremely difficult to see them dead on the hood of a car or in the drivers seat. It really hit me hard. You walk into thinking, Henderson, NV
Brianna Gomez Apr 5, 2009
This is amazing. I didn't get to be a part of the re-enactment at my school because i'm a sophmore, but I got to see it. It wasn't as realistic as I would've expected. But at least it had a point. But the pictures on the website are so realistic, they look like it actually happened. Well, God does not prevent anything from us, he gives us the choice to choose the right thing to do. So if you're going to drink, to a point where you're going to be all messed up and drunk, PLEASE don't drive! Because you got to think about how many people are are out there driving. Some have their families in the car with them. Think about how many lives you're going to put on the line, and think about yours also. Ask someone else who is not as intoxicated as you to please drive for you. Just remember, God gave you the will to do the right thing, use it wisely. Waco, Tx
Dianna Apr 3, 2009
Hi my name is Rochelle I was in a drunk driving accident 5 years ago. I nearly lost my life, the paramedics in the helicopter that took me to Children's Hospital had to revive me. After that i was in a coma for about a week and when i awoke was paralyzed on the right side of my body, could not eat food on my own, speak, or do anything a normal 14 year old could do. After this accident when i healed I am now so thankful for my life, and your demonstrations hit home with me. So please to all you young teens who read these don't drink and drive it will devastate your friends and family tak it from me I was not the cause of my accident but it almost cost me my life and drinking and driving could cost you yours. Palmdale, Ca
Rochelle Apr 2, 2009
I stumbled upon this website while doing research on my speech against drunk driving! I had never heard of this program before but have learned a lot just by looking at it. Kalamazoo, MI
Francesca Apr 2, 2009
I stumbled upon this website while doing research on my speech against drunk driving! I had never heard of this program before but have learned a lot just by looking at it. Kalamazoo, MI
Francesca Apr 2, 2009
These past two days have been some of the most emotional days i have ever encountered. My school (Cabrillo High School) just put on the every 15 minutes assembly and i was honored to be a part of it. I was one of the living dead. I've always wanted to participate in this program since i first heard about it my freshman year, but i could never have prepared myself for these past two days. I went into this program thinking this would be something pretty cool to do and it might change my view on a few things but i never expected it to affect me so much. I've never been the type to show much emotions but last night as hard i tried i couldn't keep it in. I didn't realize how lonely it would feel to be walking around as one of the living dead, u dont know the feeling unless you've experienced it. I kept my composure throughout the day and most of the night while we were at the hotel and lisening to the guest speakers. It made me sick to my stomach hearing some of their stories. What got me the most was recieving the letters from my parents, i dont know what happened but i broke down and started crying, but i wasn't alone, there wasn't one student with dry eyes in that room. I cant describe the feeling of loneliness even with all the other kids in the program going thru what ur going thru at the same time you still feel alone and scared, its not a feeling i will ever forget. This program has brought me closer to so many people i never thought i'd never really talk to. It brought together student from every walk of life, we realized that we may have different interests and hang out with diferent people but we all really do care about each other and really can come together to make a difference. Lompoc, CA
Ami Van Nostrand Apr 1, 2009
March 26th and 27th of 2009, Every 15 minutes came to my school and took the lives of our fellow classmates. The experience was one I will never forget. The Living Dead read out letters to their kids causing me and the rest of the school to be left in tears. It was definately a rewarding experience and I'm looking forward to doing it myself in the following years. I will never forget those 2 days where our school was the scene of something so realistic Los Alamitos, CA
Tiffany Mar 28, 2009
I have had two chances to see this program now as a freshman and junior at Los Alamitos High School and it's left a deep impact for me. It's made me realize that my life can end just because of one bad choice I can prevent myself from making and that I am not invincible. It's also made me realize my decision not to drink is one of the best things I could've done, even though I am four years away from 21. One lesson to learn from this: Don't drink and drive, it's a choice that can end in the most terrible way Los Alamitos, Ca
Melanie Mar 27, 2009
My son is a sophomore and although he did not officially participate it had a huge impact on him. He hasn't stopped talking about it. As an educator myself, I think it's a great Succasunna, NJ
Jackie Izzo Mar 25, 2009
i go to roxbury high school and even though i was not in the program and i didnt get to see the reenactments it was very touching and i know it touched alot of people is was hard to walk down the halls and see the students photos on their lockers it was like wow there would have been a lot of empty seats at graduation. i think they should have showed all the students not only juniors and seniors because a lot of sophomores and freshman have older siblings or older friends they get into car with them and they can realize that maybe just because they are older they are not always responsible landing, nj
kayla Mar 24, 2009
Our school just did this program and I would like to thank everybody who was involved in, came up with the event, and those who dedicate themselves to show people what can really happen. Here in White Sulphur we have about 78 kids in our entire high school, and have a total population in our town of 1,000. We had the students taken out of class, and when the note to us was written, it brought a tear to all of our eyes! And the next day when we went through the pictures of what happened it was all so real. Also the speakers we had are very strong people! I believe and would recommend ANY school to do this program! You never think of how things could really happen until it happens. We have had numerous accidents where kids have died, gotten in accidents, etc. But none of them have been because of drinking and driving. We all realize what can happen by drinking and driving, but i believe that actually having the people come in that have had that situation occur in their life shows us really what can happen. Also, it shows that your choices in life dont only affect you but also the people in life that you leave behind! So thank you to everybody who puts effort towards this, and I would highly recommend this program to everybody! But be prepared to have emotions that you have never experienced before, and to be touched by life in ways you didnt see before! White Sulphur , Montana
Kelsy Manger Mar 21, 2009
On May 1, 2008 my daughter Elena Maria Gonzales died from injuries that she recieved in a drinking and driving accident. Her best friend was the one that was drinking and driving. Because of this not only my family has suffered a great lose but so has the other persons family. Thank you all so much for going and showing everyone what can happen to all envolved if they do drink and drive. If one thing can come out of all of this it is my prayer and wish that our awful lose keeps one's family and friends from going through the same thing we did!!!! Lodi, CA
Amy Ashe Mar 18, 2009
When I was twenty seven years old I drank and drove. I ended up flipping my car three times on a dark and deserted back road..My car landed on me and my friends had to roll it off of me. As I lay there dying one drunk friend ran for his life to get help as the other screamed at me not to give up..not to die. I did die that night at least three or four time..I was flight for lifed to a major head trauma center and placed on life support. Everything from my nose down to both of my hips were broken. As I lay in a coma, my family, including my 4 yr. old daughter held a silent vigile for over a week. As I came out of my coma with a tramatic brain injury, I didnt recognize anyone and couldnt even talk. At that point my family realized I lived but I had no memory of twenty seven years past. I had to learn to walk, talk, and all basic instincts in life, all over again. It took me months to remember who I was, what had happened and years to be able to comprehend how many people my wreck affected. I am forty years old now and still have memory problems, anxiety and post tramatic stress disorders. I cannot work, take care of my own finances and/or take care of my own legal issues. My family still had me but I am not the me they all knew and loved..It has taken a long time to form new bonds with them. I dont remember going to school, having my daughter or even how I learned to type..I had been in the Navy, worked at coca-cola and have a resume that kicks butt...I have no sense of time and forget things as quickly as they happen...I do know the Lord spared my life..if only to share this story and change one persons mind about drinking and driving....thank you Tamara Loveland, Co
Tamara Mar 6, 2009
I wanted to say that this program reached my school deeply. Two years a go someone a student was kiled because of a drunk driving accident outside of our school. Many people didn't understand the seriousness of this program until the next day at the funeral. it was a program that allowed our school to come together and i think that we needed a program like this to help us realize that. it shows me that i can talk to a person today and never see them tommorrow. i never thought that i would cry either. when i heard my friends tell their parents that they were sorry that they didnt say goodbye, it made me realize how short life is and how we never know what we are going to encounter because of someone else's mistakes. i want to thank the people who do this program for us and i believe that it will have positive results all over the nation.
Junior at Monterey Trail High School,CA
Anonnymuos Mar 5, 2009
Hi my name is Kory Holtzer, I had a chance to be in the every 15 minutes program when I was a senior at Ridge View High in Magalia California, in 2006. prior to being in it I had watched friends and basically family participate in the program for like seven to eight years. I have lost a number of friends so watching this was always an eye opener, and something that I was wanting to do so very much. The whole prepping for it, learning a bunch of things, going off to camp like sessions. Meeting actual victims, Parents of victims. Overnighters, Picking our roles and in doing all of this it all being so emotional, and from square one we were always with the same group of young adults (students)that were going to be in the program. which was awesome. Because you made so many more friends. Then when you saw them in a body bag or unresponsive bleeding in the car that you were driving.(I was the driver of the other car. not drunk) It hits you .. It hits you HARD. Its all real the tears from my eyes the shaking, the cry's to my friends in my car, the emotion, all my thoughts. I had in my mind, that there was just an accident, then I think what had just happened. I Know it was just staged but when it all started it was like BOOOOM It was real for me. In those seven to eight years watching and being touched by what I saw. then Being part of the program was so much different. It was such an experience. I am so proud to say that yes I was part of the Every 15 Minutes Program. This is such an awesome program. Thank you all for giving me some of your time and reading this And Please !!DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!
Kory Jacob Holtzer Feb 22, 2009
I had the privilege of participating in this program during my senior year of high school at El Capitan High School in Lakeside,CA. having lost two of my friends to drunk driving incidents this program really hit home for me. During my freshman year of high school my friend Marchello Howard was hit and killed by a drunk driver who was later found guilty and sentenced to prison. Having sat in on the trial of the man who killed my friend and then going through the trial with this program brought back so many memories. The prosecuting attorney that participated in the program that I was in was actually the same one that sentenced the man that killed my friend, Marchello. Seeing the same court room and the same prosecuting attorney made things even more real for me. I played the role of one of the "living dead" students on my campus and through that experience I learned so many things. One of my best friends played the drunk driver and having to watch him arrested, tried, and sentenced for the crime he committed seemed so real and really made me realize that I would never want to see one of my friends truly go through that experience. To this day I still wear my Every 15 Minutes wristband and hold true to the commitment I made at the end of the program to never drink and drive. Now living on a college campus I have seen the possibility of multiple alcohol related collisions and I do my best to make sure that if someone around me seems to drunk to drive I take them home or give them a ride where ever they need to go. This program changed my life in so many ways and I cannot even begin to thank all of the participating school faculty and police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and everyone else that played a role in making this program possible at my high school. I remember two years prior to the program I was in thinking, wow this is truly something I would love to participate in and would love to have the opportunity to change the lives of people around me. When my senior year came around I completely forgot that it was the year for the program to come back to our school. I remember going to a meeting one night in the library at my school and seeing some of my friends and CHP Officer's everywhere. I was very confused and as soon as they started talking about the program I began crying. I knew it was something I wanted to do and I knew it was something I HAD to do. The hardest part for me was definitely keeping the program a secret from friends I talked to everyday and saw all the time. The day the program was to take place was a very tense day for me. I went to class like normal and I was the second person to die on campus. Friends of mine that were in the same class were shocked and I knew at that point that everyone in the program was successful at keeping the secret. Anyway, this program is truly an amazing way to show kids that things like this really happen and this can happen to any of us at any point in time. I ask that all teens out there realize that this is very real and there are always ways around drinking and driving. Call someone you know has not been drinking and is completely sober. Even the slightest bit of alcohol can affect your ability to drive so if you have ANYTHING to drink DO NOT drive. I hope teens take this program seriously and PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!!! EVERY 15 MINUTES IS AN AMAZING PROGRAM AND I HOPE IT CONTINUES TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!
Krystal Baker Feb 22, 2009
I have found this site to be quite informative. I've learned more stats that I didn't even know existed. I believe what you are trying to promote everywhere is a grand idea. As a mother of 2 young teenagers, 1 who is just becoming a licensed driver, I would like to be more involved. I've always been an advocate . Sacramento, CA
Gina Coates-Karridine Feb 18, 2009
I participated in the Every 15 Minutes program at my high school senior year and it was the most emotional experience of my life. I truly believe that it affected the students in my high school and has prevented potential drunk driving as a result. I want to thank all who have put effort into creating and funding this program because it has not only had a huge impact on my life, but also many of my friends and family members. Thank you!! Surry, ME
Nicole Bowden Jan 30, 2009
Every 15 Minutes came to my school in 2004 when I was a freshman at Mesa Verde High School.It was the most life changing thing ever.One of my dearest friends was chosen to be one of the "living dead".I don't even know how to describe how much it effected me.I came to this site right after the program came to my school, and then a year later.This is the first time I am able to come here without crying because of how I was effected.I think that this is an excellent program for students to experience.I hope my child will have the honor of seeing it as well.
Megan Robert Jan 23, 2009
if you drink, don't drive its just not worth what you lose overall... Sebastopol, CA
Jacque Her Jan 22, 2009
Hi my daughter Destiny Pearl Squires was killed in a car accident, due to inattention, texting, and cell phones.
The accident was not her fault.
She was going to a church dance right after leaving church on that night October 24th 2004.
I will never forget that tragic night.
I am writing in this because I strongly believe in this program every 15 minutes. Officer Dean Wilson and I have spoke on the phone for a lengthly time....
Destiny was 18 yrs 5 months and 3 days old when her life was taken by INATTENTION
She was driving down a major street Douglas Blvd and came to a major intersection, and had the Green Light but the other car that ran that red light was on His cell phone and ran right in front of her as she was going thru her green light intersection. It has been 4 years since that Night.
I have dealt with the loss of my beautiful daughter that had such a promising future. Loved her Father in Heaven. I have since forgiven that Young Man. Forgiveness is necessary.. It really was just an accident, but accidents do KILL!!!!!
I will never forget that night or ever stop missing her or grieving her but it does get easier especially when God is present.
Thank YOU for listening.. If I can save one life it will of been worth it,
I have a candlelight vigil every year at her crash sight to remind people that
CELL PHONES + INATTENTION = DEATH
Sandy (DESTINY PEARL SQUIRES ) Mom
Sandy Higgins Dec 11, 2008
Here is a little poem I wrote to commemorate those who lost their lives to drunk driving.
Every 15 minutes someone dies
As a result of alcohol related car accidents.
At night, I can hear the cries
Of some girls and guys
‘Cause they were fried
Or thrown over the side
Of a bridge
And left a smidge
Of fender paint on a cliff.
Every 15 minutes someone dies
And I can hear the cries.
Of Moms and Dads
And Sisters and Brothers
‘Cause the life their Loved One had
Is gone, so he is smothered
With mud and Dirt that pile six feet
Cause there is no beat
Left in One’s song.
Every 15 minutes someone dies
And I can hear the cries
Of friends who didn’t know
And Strangers who didn’t know
When they read about the Crash
It was a Flash
Of thinking it could have been them.
Or it could have been…
Every 15 minutes someone dies
And so many try
To get others to pay attention,
But no one does
And some make such a fuss
Cause their dead
And it seems they don’t care
And they don’t spare
A thought for those
Who aren’t there.
Every 15 minutes, someone dies
‘Cause someone drank the bottle dry
And jumped behind a wheel
So that guts might spill
EVERY 15 MINUTES SOMEONE DIES.
Glenn Turner Dec 9, 2008
I am th president of the group at my school called 2m2l and as a whole we see the major problem at hand every week. We are doing everything we can think of to show the rest of the students the devastation things like this cause. I myself want to bring this whole project to my school and show everyone the true feelings that come along with it. Just by watching this video I have been moved. And, i know that if just one person can be moved like me it will be worth it. Muskogee, OK
Alex Felts Dec 7, 2008
this hella scared mee... and lyk OMG. I WAS LYK WOW. I WNA DO DIS.. arbuckle, ca
Bianca, Diana, Bea Dec 4, 2008
We had this program at our school last week and I felt it was very effective. I was one of the few in our school who worked on the video project and even by just doing that I will never drink and drive. Awesome program, keep up the great work. Granite Bay, CA
Cameron Congdon Nov 27, 2008
I have admired this program every since I first heard of it. I have never seen the actual program at a school, but I have watched many of the videos afterwards. I know that this program is impactful, and I think every school, private or public should have this opportunity. It would also be good to have it as an event in the community maybe before New Years Eve or something as a reminder of to the community of what could happen. I am a strong supporter of this program and I will help in anyway possible.Thank you all who participate in it. Yuba City, CA
Shanika Rose Nov 18, 2008
hey i jast wanted to let u know that i think u guys are awesome i think every school in America needs u guys to show them what its like...a couple of years ago one of my friend was in a car accident and was in a comma for about 3 days after that he died he was underage and drunk but it gets evan worse the person that he hit was drunk to and he was airlifted to a hospital he lived and he hasent drank sence then and i ware the black every15minutes every chance i get i am trying to help spread the word i am 16 years old and im glad u guys our here. North Judson, IN.
dillon Nov 16, 2008
This has scared me a lot.
Julianne Nov 3, 2008
I have lost many friends-2-drugs & alcohol.Make the RIGHT CHOICE-SAY-NO-2-DRUGS & ALCOHOL-.
Chris Gonzales Oct 29, 2008
A friend of mine had friends who were so tempted to find out if drunk driving really had an effect on you that they actually tried it! all three of them DIED! that just goes to show that you can't trust alcohol at all! I was so upset I cou;dn;t even talk to anyone fro liek 3 days
Jennifer Oct 28, 2008
Love the Site!! You guys sure know how to put together a great paper for a small town and put us on the map!! Keep up the great work!! Phoenix, AZ
jackspar Oct 28, 2008
Hi there, today my school finsished the Every 15 Minutes program. this is probably the most amazing assembly we have ever had. i dont think i've ever seen so many people cry in our school, other then when we lost Emily. i feel like this is something that every school across the country should be required to go through. i may only be a junior, but i know how hard it hit our school. i think you guys defiantly did something amazing for us, and i am forever grateful. i would love it if there was any way i could get involved in this type of program, because i am a firm believer in not drinking in the first place. i just wanted to say that i am very glad, and thankful that you all took the time to come out and deal with our pain in the butt school for two days. thank you, so very much. Marriottsville, MD
Jen Law Oct 25, 2008
Today was day two of the program at my high school. I have never seen so many people on Live Oak's campus take a safety warning seriously. The program not only gave everyone a reality check but in a way it brought us all closer. It made us think about the consequences of our actions and how we would feel if someone we knew were gone tomorrow. Suddenly, things got very real and very scary. When people first saw the crash and the damage it could cause, they seemed judgemental but after the mock funeral today, everyone's views and sceptical attitudes changed. I'm glad that the students and parents of Live Oak High School now understand the dangers and devistation we could all face, not just as individuals but as a school and a community. Thank you for making our students realized the potential dangers of their actions. I highly recommend this program to all high schools. My friends and I thank you for your time. Amanda Hernandez, Live Oak High School, Morgan Hill, CA
Amanda Hernandez Oct 9, 2008
Hello my name Is Orlando Reyes and I was just writing to you guys to let you know that I was in the every fifiteen minutes program i got to feel and see what it was like to see a fatal car accident and let tell you the experience was good and I when I graduated high school i had a friend who was in car accident due to drunk driving he was ejected from his vehicle and then he died instantly I really know now who it feels to lose a friend and not drink and drive and also not let my friends drink and drive
Orlando Reyes Oct 9, 2008
I wanted to thank your program and I wanted o post a poem for others to read.
Death of an Innocent:
I went to a party, Mom,
I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom,
So I drank soda instead.
I really felt proud inside, Mom,
The way you said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom,
Even though the others said I should.
I know I did the right thing, Mom,
I know you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
As everyone is driving out of sight.
As I got into my car, Mom,
I knew I'd get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me,
So responsible and sweet.
I started to drive away, Mom,
But as I pulled out into the road,
The other car didn't see me, Mom,
And hit me like a load.
As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say,
"The other guy is drunk," Mom,
And now I'm the one who will pay.
I'm lying here dying, Mom...
I wish you'd get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.
There is blood all around me, Mom,
And most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom,
I'll die in a short time.
I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
I swear I didn't drink.
It was the others, Mom.
The others didn't think.
He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is, he drank
And I will die.
Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin your whole life.
I'm feeling sharp pains now.
Pains just like a knife.
The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
And I don't think it's fair.
I'm lying here dying
And all he can do is stare.
Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom,
Put "Daddy's Girl" on my grave.
Someone should have told him, Mom,
Not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him, Mom,
I would still be alive.
My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I'm becoming very scared.
Please don't cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you,
you were always there.
I have one last question, Mom.
Before I say good bye.
I didn't drink and drive,
So why am I the one to die?
***I hope that htis poem affects others like it affected me.
Stephanie Nazario Oct 6, 2008
I am about to enter my third year of being involved with Every 15 Minutes, my second of being the coordinator. We do this program with our seniors yearly and it is wonderful!! Thank you for all that you do to help get this message out! It does make a difference. Pasco, WA
Kim Schneider Oct 1, 2008
Nearly six years ago, our facility was introduced to the Every 15 Minutes program. We took the information out to community agencies to see if there was enough support to begin producing our own program in our community. The response was overwhelmingly positive. After five years, we have coordinated six Every 15 Minutes events at local high schools with a seventh program scheduled for the Spring of 2009. In addition to the programs that we coordinated directly, we have also helped schools in other cities and states to coordinate their programs by providing them with the materials that we developed. The response from the students, parents, staff and participants has been encouraging. Fortunately, the majority of the expenses are donated by local agencies: fire department, law enforcement, paramedics, hospitals (including LifeFlight) and other community agencies. Every participant receives a DVD of the event as a reminder of the importance of making right choices and, hopefully, will share the information with friends, classmates and co-workers. The program is informative, enlightening, and highly emotionally charged. No one can view this program without being affected on some emotional level. I've been working with this program and assisting with the coordination for over five years, and I continue to be affected by the program each time. While I have never had an experience with being involved in an alcohol-related crash, I am dumbfounded by the number of people who have been affected. Each time we begin to coordinate an event, we learn about more people who have a story to tell, and we use them in our program to make an impact on the students. The program is always scheduled just prior to a junior/senior prom or homecoming event. As just one example of the impact of the program: A group of 22 students at a local high school had planned an all-nighter, which involved drinking and driving to a local hotel. After seeing the program, they changed their plans and gathered in students' homes with parental supervision with a night of roasting marshmallows, hot dogs and having ice cream sundaes. Bottom line: the program works! For anyone who is thinking about whether or not they want to take on an Every 15 Minutes program in their community, I highly recommend it.
Linda Sevison Sep 26, 2008
A couple of weeks ago I met this girl out for dinner;She was drinking wine before & after the meal.I noticed she was having a little trouble walking straight as we were leaving the restaurant.I asked her if she needed a ride home;She said,"No I got it"Famous last words....The next day she called me;her car was totalled after being flipped & hitting a tree.She was banged up pretty good,but she SURVIVED!!! It's hard to convince someone that they're drunk.We were lucky this time;next time I will take her keys.
JAY PALAZZOLO Sep 21, 2008
I was involved in the every 15 mins prgram in april of 2008! it was before prom, it made such an impact that NO ONE has drank and drove since! thanx to justin powell, lupe , angelica, and CINDY BLAKE! and the many many many other people that helped!!!!!!!!!many thanx! i need some help to try and expand this program! chelsea mchenry
chelsea mchenry Sep 15, 2008
I am not a rescuer or any type of official. But I have been involved in the effects of drugs. Beyond the smile and the title of being Drug Free Youth In Town (D-FY-IT) President for my school, I have had to experience, through a few situations, what it's like to be the person who said "No", and yet deal with those who said "Yes". My mother in an abusive relationship in which she has married a drunk. My little brother was ranned over by a speeding car, police officers suspect the driver was under the influence. My older brother, while driving high, got into a serious car wreck, barely getting through alive. I could honestly go on and on with my personal accounts ranging from my sister being arrested (a mother of two) to my aunt (closest friend) dying. I could even share with you how my mom smoked cigarettes through her pregnancy with me, and how I have to deal with that everyday, medically. But furthermore, I'm just really glad that we are able to fight for a drug free world. I hope that someday the pain will ease and my fears will be absurd. Until then, I thank each of you for doing what is right.
Tinza Hill Sep 15, 2008
I don't drink and probuly never will. My dad is an
alcholic adn I swore that I would never put somebody threw what he put me through. Drinking just shows how dumb people are. You wouldn't like for someone that you love to be killed by someone that was drunk, so imagine how they'd feel about you. DON'T become someone you hate!!! Don't drink and drive!!
Tiffany Pierce Sep 5, 2008
Today, 8-20-08, I attented a manditory in-service in where a CHP officer came & talked to us about the program he is offiliated with. As a single woman, I didn't want to imagine anything that was going thru the minds of any of the many parents (my co-workers) that were also in attendance. Tho I have no children of my own (yet), I couldn't help but get choked up myself. Seeing these young, precious, people in the circumstances they were in & hearing the officers inform the parents that their child had been either killed or severly injured in an alcohol related accident. As a school bus driver, I worry that I am going to hear about one of my students being hurt/killed in some sort of accident. I am glad that this program is in existance. I hope that this kind of program continues & continues to make the positive changes not in just the lives of the students, but the lives of all the family/friends, as well. All it takes is one time to make the wrong choice & everything can change......just like that.
Kristen Acosta Aug 20, 2008
As a firefighter, I come close to the tragic events that can change lives everyday. I see as people with broken bones are carried off, I can't stress enough how important it is as a young adult to more than ever, keep your thoughts correct, and never ever decide to get behind the wheel impared. It's a tragic event to have to arrive at a traffic incident and find a young life pinned down in a vehicle, or even dead. Too many times we all see these events, and just one time is always and already too many.
It's easier to stop think call for a ride home, a friend a relative, a cab, anyone.. because that wrong decision can mean the end of you, your best friend, date anyone who you truly care about.
Think before you act, your life is ahead, make sure you always make it to that distination.. Colonia FD "Everyone goes home"
Paul Aug 20, 2008
My name is James Withrow. I am a Detective for the City of Harrah in Oklahoma. I am also on the fatality accident squad. I just recently order the tape and manual. I am just in the stage of selling this program to my Chief and the school system. I look forward to ordering the supplies I need and doing this program. I am confident that they will all see the need for it as I have after being told of this program. If we can save one live, it is worth it. Keep up the good work.
Det. James Withrow Aug 17, 2008
Dear Every 15 Minutes,
This year we had your program come to our school at Castro Valley High School a week before my Junior Prom, it made a positive impact on everyone! unfortunetly on 8/12/ 08 we lost two of our student to a terible car accident that may have had been in a street race. One student had just graduated this year and a nother that was in my grade and would have been starting her senior year. We all miss them very much and we are coming together as a community to help there families. Police say there is no evidence of drugs or alcohol. After watching the final part of the asembly with the funeral, I never really expected that that would ever really happen to our schools students. But know that it has happened I would like to thank you even more for opening my eyes so it wouldn't make this time even more difficult for the students of Castro Valley high School. Thank You
Megan H Aug 14, 2008
This past April Niles Senior High did the Every 15 Minutes program. I was one of the people who died. I can honestly tell you this is the best program ever! It was almost to real. My friends and family all morned my being dead, and right in front of me too. I have to say I hope the high school does this in the future because I think it had an impact! Thank you for creating this program!
Beth Miller Aug 7, 2008
thank-you so much for having this program. i am going through this same thing in my family right now with a family member and it is hurting me so bad. i don't have anyone to talk to about it. i would like to say thank-you you saved my brother's life. he would not be here with your help. you are
people who really care. i saw your program at Upper Lake high school. please if you know know someone who is going through the same thing please talk to them about this program. it saves lives because many family members are taken because their actions. thank-you again 15 minutes!
laura Aug 3, 2008
My name is Victoria and i participated in the Every 15 minutes program at Hanford High School. I joined the program because my mom is an alcoholic and drives while she is intoxicated. I knew that everything we did was staged but it did not prepare me for what i was going to face when i stayed at the hotel with the rest of the participating students. The day we actually put on the program i was to play a dead person in the play we were putting on and before all that went on i had to hold open the doors to our audtiorium dressed as a dead person. I had some students who were very rude and trying to get me to talk, but i think the ones that ignored me were the worst. It felt weird being ignored like that. I will never regret joining this program and if i would do it over again i would in a heart beat. This program is the best thing you could ever do for your school and seniors.
Victoria Jul 23, 2008
HI, I have had the oppertunity to work with the Livermore Police Department in the past and can tell you that this is one of the best if not the best program for high school students. Keep up the good work and I am sure you all make a difference everyday in the lives of the youth in the area and nationwide ! Nancy Parker (dispatch.)
Nancy Parker Jul 8, 2008
this as gave me a big time shooker. know that i ve seen this i tell all my famliy members this story all the time when they came to my school Estancia high school my frist year at estancia high for me that left my month open i keep on talking about all the time this realy put some sice in me so thank you for coming to are school.
isaiah D. noureddine Jun 16, 2008
MY NAME IS SARAH AND I WAS A PART OF THE EVERY 15 MINUTE PROGRAM MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, 2002 AND I JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT GOING INTO IT KNOWING IT WASN'T REAL, THAT IT WAS STAGED STILL DIDN'T PREPARE ME FOR WHAT I WOULD GO THROUGH OVER THE 2 DAY PERIOD. I JOINED THE PROGRAM BECAUSE I HAD A FRIEND THAT WOULD DRINK AND DRIVE ALL THE TIME, ONE NIGHT HE DID IT WITH MY BEST FRIEND IN THE CAR AND I'D HAD ENOUGH. OUR HEALTH TECH, KNOWING WHAT I WAS DEALING WITH WITH THIS FRIEND ASKED ME TO BE A PART OF THE PROGRAM AND I AGREED AT ONCE. BEING THAT I WAS 18 I WAS CHOSEN TO BE THE ONE THAT WAS AIR LIFTED WHICH WAS THE COOLEST EXPERIENCE EVER BUT SCARY AT THE SAME TIME. MY BEST FRIENDS AND BOYFRIEND STAYED WITH MY MOM WHILE ALL THIS WAS GOING ON, THEY WERE EVEN AT MY HOUSE WHEN THE COPS SHOWED UP TO TELL HER I "DIED". MY ENGLISH TEACHER WAS AGAINST THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OUR SCHOOL HAD SUFFERED A TERRIBLE LOSS A FEW MONTHS BEFORE AND WE'D HAD 9-11 TO ALSO DEAL WITH BUT EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS AGAINST IT SHE GAVE ME EXTRA CREDIT FOR PARTICIPATING IN IT, AS DID MY CHOIR TEACHER. IT WAS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE, SOMETHING THAT WAS REALLY HARD TO GO THROUGH BUT I WOULD DEFINITELY GO THROUGH IT ALL OVER AGAIN IF I HAD THE CHANCE.
sarah Jun 15, 2008
Dear Dean, I sent this to Mike and Juliet after watching the program today. I really hope that you will receiving this email, because even after 10 years, I remember that day as if it was yesterday. Sincerely, Dear Mike and Juliet, While feeding my twin girls this morning, I was watching your show, as I normally do at 9am in Philadelphia. However, ten years ago, I lived in Bethlehem, PA. This is where Officer Dean Wilson first put on the Every 15 program; and I was apart of the program. I have to say, after watching your show, I was appalled by the interpretation of Every 15 Minutes in California, and also a upset with you guys for not showing what the program is really supposed to do. Let me lay it out for you, and Juliet, if you don’t get chills perhaps you should go and be a part of one. After a long day of grim reapers going in and out of class rooms, pronouncing students have died as a result of a car accident, the junior and senior class was assembled outsided in front of a roped off soccer field with blue tarps covering, who knew. All of a sudden, you are HUGE crash over an immense sound system(I am getting chills recalling the event). After the crash all of the tarps are ripped off of numerous cars. The next thing you see are some students getting out off the cars. The sirens start and about 2 minutes later, police cars and fire engines pull up to the school. Over the loud speaker, you hear the woman who does the traffic on a local pop radio station say there there has been a terrible accident at Freedom High school and numerous students are injured; please avoid the area due to traffic. I was in one of those cars, I was to remain lifeless. The next thing, jaws of life (REALLY) were cutting through the car. It was incredibly loud in the car. I was crying, for real. The fire fighters pulled me out of the car. I was now in an ambulance. In the ambulance I would relax a little bit, because I was actually crying. They cut off my jeans. I was told to lay back down, because we had arrived at a local trauma unit. When the doors opened, it was insane. There was a nurse on top of the stretcher and me, mocking chest compressions and mouth to mouth. I was then put on a bed in the ER and I can’t even tell you what was happening. All of this medical jargen being spurted out, they cut off my clothes (leaving me in a sports bra and a pair of bike shorts) They put tubes in my mouth. And then the worse part of all; my mom came into the room. She was crying (really crying) and leaned over the bed and said, “Natalie, I know you are not supposed to but can you please just squeeze my hand, I’m scared.” Of course, I did, and she then balled in hysterics. My parents were then told that I was brain dead more or less and I would probably not come out of the coma, did they want to donate my body to science. My mother knew that I wanted to be an organ donor when I turned 16, and she refused to sign the papers. She then told the doctor that she fought with me over this subject, and I wanted my organs donated. IT WAS OVER!!!! I stood up, and left the room, and there were my parents waiting for me! Talk about emotions running wild!!! I was not the only student that day that this happened too. Some were paralized, others were dead. I remember hearing some of my friends crying, when on the radio, you hear, just reported 3 Freedom High school seniors died as a result of the accident. The following day, we had a big assembly in the auditorium, and we got to speak. I can tell you for a fact that the Freedom High School 1998 Senior Prom was 99% void of alcohol. I am a mother now of three and a step son who is now 12, and I pray that when he is in high school that someone has them participate in this life changing program…. DEAN’s WAY!!!!!!! Unfortunately in these times, students are less sensitive then before, even when I was in school. The reality part of it, gives students a wake up call. Really, what is worse, your friends dying as a part of an act, or your friends really dying because they don’t know how it may feel???? These are questions that your expert guests should consider. I admire Officer Wilson, and was very excited when I saw he was on your show until you put the program that he has worked so hard on, bringing a scary situation to communities. Thank you for listening! Natalie Bickel (Scott) Philadelphia, PA
Natalie Bickel (Scott) Jun 15, 2008
I am just through browsing your site and I've found it to be very interesting and innovative way of creating awareness of the consequences of drunken driving to our youths in Trinid and Tobago. I think I owuld use your idea to get the message accross to my students.
David Lee Chee Jun 14, 2008
My name is Ken. I am makeup artist. I have worked with several high schools in my area doing the makeup for the students involved in the mock crash and the living dead. I must say, if this program was alive when I was in high school, I might still have a very close friend of mine in my life. This is a very powerful program. Kudos to the creator. I have heard directly from students that participated in this program, that just participating in this powerful program has changed their lives forever. Looking forward to doing more of these projects.
Ken Nolls Jun 8, 2008
hey im a student from a high school in cape breton canada and for the past 2 days we did the every 15 minutes program at my skewl and i had the honor of being part of it i was in the mock accident and let me tell u it has changed my life forever. it was very diffuclt to see how it felt to actually to see and feel like when u r dead and cant speak to anyone or have any contact what so ever. i would have to say the mock furneal was the hardest to do because my family and friends were there and there was nothin i could do to comfort them. but in the end i seen the effect that this program had on the student body and the community and i must say im proud to say i was a part of this.
jessica gwinn Jun 6, 2008
On 05/29/08 students at Cottage Grove High School in Oregon did the every 15 minutes program. WOW what an inpact it had on the students, not only those involved, but those seeing it also. I really applaude all of those involved in the program they are truly dedicated to the safety and well being of their fellow students. I hope other students take this on in the future so it can be done at least every other year if not every year. Being from a small one town high school we have had our share of deaths whether it be from alcohol or just poor driving skills. So it was really an eye opener to all students the impact death of a fellow classmate has on those in our lives. Please continue to do the work you do, so we can educate others. Cottage Grove, OR
Erica Dunbar Jun 3, 2008
wow... every 15 minutes went on yeserday and the day before at my school, Elmolino. it was very powerfull and hit me hard. recently an alchohol related collision killed the mother of my step brother and sisters. i get to see everyday how much i affects them. i couldnt take the memorial assembly very well though. thank you for making this program and showing it at my school. if it saves one child or adult from drinking and driving, it was worth it.
Julia Friis May 30, 2008
Today may 29, 2008.the every 15 minutes organiztaion came to woodside high school.This experience hits home for me in a variety of ways.I have been in a victim and i have lost people to drinking and driving.I just wanted to show my support for what you guys do to help save lives each day. Newport News, VA
kassaundra carpenter May 28, 2008
EVERY 15 MINUTES WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE 4 ME... Rowland Heights
KARLA PACHECO May 25, 2008
On Thurday May 22 & 23 2008. The Every 15 Minutes recently took place at my school, McNair High School. The program was a great experience because it taught me a lesson which was that you may think it could never happen to you but it really can. If i participated in the program and was one of the ones who had to read what I would say if I could say one last thing before I died. i would say How much I love my family & friends. That really hit home for me because even though I could see my friends standing there I knew that there is always the possiblility that I could die and it made me apperciate our friendship even more. I think the program is wonderful and I think everyone got the message and learned something from the experience. I'm very greatful that I got to experience it. I'd like to give a special thanks to the creators of the program because you are effecting change by having this around. Where Can i get a shirt? I'm a senior. I want to remeber that day for ever. Love AMI
Ami May 24, 2008
My sons school Lindhurst High
School in Olivehurst, CA just finshed up their two days of every 15 minutes. What a great experience for our children and their peers. My son died at the hospital and I had to go to the morgue and identify him. What an overwhelming feeling. Seeing my son lying their motionless, bloody, was hard. I never want to experience this again. My heart goes out to the parents that have experienced this in real life. At least my son was able to come home today. Theirs is gone forever. Thanks to this program, lives will be forever changed.
Anne Kelley May 24, 2008
I'm a current Nevada Union High School student, well for another few weeks, and all day yesterday we enacted our E15M program. I was involved with the production crew, as I filmed and edited and also took photographs, approx. 2000 photos. This experience really hammers in the emotions of drinking and driving, and even though I knew nobody was really injured, it was difficult for me to see my friends and their parents in so much emotional pain. There was not one person who was not effected in one way or another. Our production was approximately 18 minutes long including the credits and I will upload it the internet soon. I will also upload the photos. I strongly recommend this program to any high school interested. It was truly amazing and undescribabe.
Jacob Warwick May 24, 2008
I am a Senior at Pioneer High School and On May 21-22 I had a rare oppritunity to be apart of the Every 15 minutes program. I was chosen to become one of the walking dead. This task that was giving to us students was more difficult and emotional than we thought it would be. It was a great experience and like and like no other i have had. I am glad that Pioneer took on this challenge this year, especially now so close to prom. I hope all the students attending our school understood why this program is such a big deal. I also hope they gained as much as i have from this experience. By being apart of the every 15 Minute program, My eyes ahve opened and i have realized so much that ive never noticed before. I hope Pioneer keeps this program up becuase is think it will help the students to make better choices in life. I am glad I got to be apart of such a great program. Whittier, CA
Anjenette Viramontes May 23, 2008
I was involved in this program during my senior year of high school at Granite Hills in El Cajon. This program is really life changing. Students and families have really no idea unless they've gone through the reality of this, how devastating one single persons death can be to a whole community. To be told that your dead and that your son or daughter have died do to a alcohol related accident, is a pain so great that is unbearable. This program is the best experience that has happened to me.
Wendy Martinez May 23, 2008
Over the last two days we saw the every 15 minuet reinactment and i couldn't believe how real and scarey it looked. The accident and the Funeral just everything that was done was so real and it made me cry even though it wasnt real i was thinking this does happen and sometimes even worse. It gave me the chills but it was very good.
Jordynn Sytko May 23, 2008
Just yesterday a group of seniors at Portola High School reenacted a car crash in which several people, including a pregnant woman, were killed by a drunk driver taking a girl to the hospital (the girl was passed out from alcohol poisoning). Then we watched the driver get arrested and taken off to prison. It really opened my eyes to the dangers of drunk driving. If I were one of the people who "died" in that crash, my family would be devastated. It's not worth the risk to drive drunk, you are putting several lives, including your own, on the line.
Mason Howard May 22, 2008
For the past two days, the juniors and seniors of both Granada and Livermore High Schools have watched the collision reenactment, and have participated in the mock funeral service. I am a junior from Granada High, and just to be a spectator was unbearably emotional. watching my friends out there on the field was one of the hardest things i've done. i've witnessed many drunk driving collisions, and have nearly been the victim of a few, but nothing hits home like having your friends "die" in front of you. even if it wasn't real, it sent a powerful message to me and my fellow students. this program was the best thing i've ever participated in, and thanks to you here at every 15 minutes, i now know what it's like to see this happen. i now know what can happen. and i now know,more so than i ever have, that i will never drink and drive.
thank you, Every 15 Minutes, for putting this program out there.thank you for showing people what can happen when you drink and drive. and thank you for saving another person's life.
Amy Thorpe May 21, 2008
I am a nurse in a Level II Trauma Center, I see this tragedy everyday. My 17 yo son was in the Every 15 Minutes program the past 2 days as a injured victim. I can not tell you the impact it had on me, a seasoned ER RN but mainly the impact it had on the students. This program is invaluable. GREEN BAY, WI
Lisa Koehler May 21, 2008
This Morning the Juniors & Seniors of Pioneer High School watched the re-enactment of the drunk driving collision. I myself being a Senior and also having my permit makes me really think about things like these. Tomorrow afternoon we will see the final stage of this program. But by far it has been very breathe taking to see my peers that have "died" walking around with no expression in their face. This program i guess has come just in time. Since our Prom is just one weekend away.
Lucy Lopez May 21, 2008
Yesterday and the day before, El Camino High School participated in the E15M program. The realistic nature of the program has caused much controversy, and many have protested and acted disrespectfully. I am proud to say that I, along with the other half of our student body, support this program. Even though it may have had a severe emotional impact on my peers (as well as myself!), it was nothing beyond necessary to ensure that lives are saved from drunk driving incidents. I give E15M my full support, and recommend it to anyone who really wants to help put an end to drunk driving.
Jessica Miller May 21, 2008
I was in the Every 15 Minutes progam.
I also was part of the Living Dead. We had the progam on May 13-14th. I believe that it well help people find the right way to go. No to drink in drive. I saw how much it affected people. I also saw how much that people were being silly during the progam. I believe that EVERY school should do this. Just seeing that people are in a accient that were freinds or cusins. I think that people should relize just in a matter of seconds that someone could be seriously be hurt!! Thank You soo much for makeing this progam ....
Breanne McKinley May 21, 2008
i am a dare student, (6th grade) i have heard a lot about this program and it seems VERY emotional, i really want to be part of this program and get a good feel of it. i think ita great program and really shows teens the consequences behind it all.
thanks to the CREATOR!
Saaya May 20, 2008
Today my school Cathedral City high school finished our findal day of every 15 minutes and I am so blessed to say that this experienced changed our lives and I Thank everyone for this amazing program. Cathedral City
Talor Gilliard May 20, 2008
Hi my name is Steph. I currently attend Ephrata High School. I'd like to say that the reenactment of the car crash at our school on May 13 was a good way to get the point across that drinking and driving is a horrible thing to do. The people involved I'd like to thank. you hit home with teh car crash and the assembly on May14 i had a friend die because of a drunk driver. It was about three years ago on March 28. His name was Tony and he was killed by a drunk driver and it should have been me. He was the one who made me live instead of himself. Tony pushed me out of the way of the car. His leg was badly broken in several places and almost all of his ribs were broken. I was the one who had to explain to his parents and the police what happened. It was hard and seeing the crash outside of school really hit home. The point of telling this is that as hard as it was to watch it really did make me more determined to not ever drink and drive. So thanks<3
Stephanie Eckman May 19, 2008
My son was killed by a drunk driver, which was his cousin, they had not seen each other all night when he pick up my son and he asked him to ride back out to a party that my son had just got home from. My son did not know his cousin was drunk, he would have got in the car, for my son was also drunk, he would have took the keys. He always had some one to drive him home, but as I found out, when god gets ready for you, you’re going, my son was already at home and gonna go to bed when his cousin came by, so it don’t matter, when it is your time. MI
swmilady May 17, 2008
I am a counselor and a substance abuse division coordiantor for Jackson County North Carolina. We have one of the highest alcohol-related crash rates and fatalities in the state. Your program looks fantastic and I will be seeking more information to bring it to the attention of our county. Sylva, NC
Deborah Hennessy, MSCC, NCC May 16, 2008
For the past two days our school has experienced this every 15 minutes program. The accident then to the funeral. It was a huge impact of our school. Knowing that it was fake people still took it seriously. The fact that it could happen and it does happen is breath taking.
Like everyone says; "You don't know what you have until it is gone"
Thank you for the idea of this program you have created, because it could make people think twice when they look at the cause and effect of drinking and driving.
Annie Karnes May 14, 2008
This Expirience can change peoples mind about drinking. the horrible car scenes, and i would go craZzy if one of my friends really did die for someones drunk driving stupidity. pues si. i think thats all. For the people that are drink STOP DRINKING!!!!!!!!!!! - your going to end up taking someone innocent and you never know it can be one of YOUR friends or one of YOUR family members. bye!!!!!!!
Lexi Acosta May 14, 2008
The Every 15 Minutes recently took place at my school, Freedom High School. The program was a great experience because it taught me a lesson which was that you may think it could never happen to you but it really can. One of my bestfriends participated in the program and was one of the ones who had to read what she would say if she could say one last thing before she died. That really hit home for me because even though I could see her standing there I knew that there is always the possiblility that she could die and it made me apperciate our friendship even more. I think the program is wonderful and I think everyone got the message and learned something from the experience. I'm very greatful that I got to experience it. I'd like to give a special thanks to the creators of the program because you are effecting change by having this around, and also to my bestfriend Alaysha I love you girl. Bethlehem, PA
Rachel J. May 11, 2008
Hi, My name is Arielle. I'm a junior at Grossmont High. Last week we had our "every fifteen minutes." I have to say, that was probably the most emotional two days of my life. My best friend "died" and when I saw his face painted white, I cried. This program impacted many of the students at our school. The crash was horrible. It was so realistic. But the funeral the next day got to me the most. Watching the living dead blow out their candles was so hard. Then my best friend's mom went up and spoke. I lost it then. I think everyone at the assembly left that day with tears in their eyes and a better awareness to drunk driving.
Thank you so much for coming to our school and doing this program. It means alot to all of us.
Arielle Shelby May 10, 2008
this program was held at my school campus on may the forth and it had a huge impact on my friends and i well that is kinda messed up how they said like all the popular kids name over the inter com system that made alot of people start to cry and pass out some of the guys started laughing so i think they are going to have to be in it to see the real tragedy in what can happen
klarissa May 9, 2008
Hey, I am currently a Freshman at Marsh Valley High SChool we participated in th Every 15 Minutes Program and i really feel that you guys have made each and every one of us that saw the re-enactment of the collision or just even the video during the assembley the next day think twice about Drinkgin then Driving...and even if you didnt touch some of the students at our school I know that you have definatly touched me. I also no that i will never make the choice to Drink then Drive as long as I live!! I just wanted to let you know how much this has touched me!!! THANK YOU SOOO VERY MUCH!!!!¢¾WESLIE DUNN MVHS¢¾ Arimo, ID
Weslie Dunn May 9, 2008
Our school, freedom high school in bethlehem Twsp recently held this program. It was a real eye opener to all, and the funeral the next day, there probally wasnt a dry eye in the gym. Especially with out guest speaker and all. It was truley an expirence that will stick with me for the rest of my life. It made me realize what if that was me and my bestfriend(s) or what would my parents have to go through? Even though it was a mock accident it was as real as it could get but luckily our students got to rise from the "dead" and our drunk driver was released and they all got to go home to their parents and say i love you. Some people just arent that lucky, and are silences, and some parents just wish to say that one last i love you or get that one last hug. Bethlehem Township, PA
Erin Seitz May 9, 2008
Wow! this was amazing. I heard about this in the past from my brothers and sisters and knew it was emotional but i was like i know what to expect it won't be bad. I was wrong. This had a huge impact on me. I realized a decision as far as driving while under the influence is the biggest mistake and could be the biggest life changing choice you will ever make. It really hit home when you saw the students our friends crying because they didnt get to see their family for one night casue they were "dead." But imagine how families feel that this really happened to. If thats the reaction from one night I dont want to know forever. This is the greatest program I have ever seen. Please more schools should do this. It helps alot. Maybe doesnt stop underage drinking but i know many people will not drive atleast when they drink now. Thanks everyone who brought it to Freedom High Schol. Bethlehem, PA
J May 9, 2008
Hi, the every 15 minutes program at Freedom High School really REALLY got to me. Even though I don't drink, I still thought before this that nothing will kill me in a car. I realized that other drunk drivers can claim YOUR innocent life. From what I saw from this program...totally shocked me. What if that was me in the body bag. What would other people think, even those who have something against me. What would my parents think? I would never know. Then having an innocent parent of her 16 year old son, I was really emotional. I can't imagine what she feels even though it was a decade ago. It's reality, it stays with you for life. This program opened my eyes, and I thank you for it. THANK YOU, I got into my car this afternoon, and just sat there. What if I crash on the way home from some drunk driver? I walked in the door today and hugged my mom. She didn't know about this program until I told her. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me understand that life isn't short. Bethlehem, PA
Steve Yeager May 8, 2008
Our school, freedom high school in bethlehem Twsp recently held this program. It was a real eye opener to all, and the funeral the next day, there probally wasnt a dry eye in the gym. Especially with out guest speaker and all. It was truley an expirence that will stick with me for the rest of my life. It made me realize what if that was me and my bestfriend(s) or what would my parents have to go through? Even though it was a mock accident it was as real as it could get but luckily our students got to rise from the "dead" and our drunk driver was released and they all got to go home to their parents and say i love you. Some people just arent that lucky, and are silences, and some parents just wish to say that one last i love you or get that one last hug.
Jessie May 8, 2008
hello, i am currently dead in the Kelso, Washington Every 15 Minutes Program. I died from a colission with a drunk driver Kelso, WA
Bill May 8, 2008
Hi. Every 15 Minutes was recently at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, PA. I was truly shocked at the program. It made me realize how precious life is and how quickly it could be taken away. Thank you so much for having this program done at FHS. Bethlehem, PA
Craig Storrs May 8, 2008
Hi, the every 15 minutes program was recently at Freedom High School. The every 15 minutes program got me really thinking even though I am senior. realizing that I can lose my friends on prom due to drinking and driving is pretty devasting. The students who volunteered in this program, I knew most of them. While at the rally on May 8th during my fourth block class and May 9th during frist and second block.Listening to what the students had to say got me very emotional. Especially, when the mother herself made a speech about her son. I can't even imagine going through that type of horrible disaster. Not only did every 15 minutes get thinking, it got me to say if the program came to Freedom during my sisters senior year I would want her to take part of this program. It took a lot of courage for the students to make their speech in front of students, staff, friends and family. To listen to what they had to say gets everyone thinking. It especially got me thinking, that very day I told my friends that are going to prom, to be careful don't drink and drive; also do not get into a car where the driver has been drinking then you will regret everything. I dont het into peer prussure but i told all my friend that if u get drunk dont u dear drink call me ill come get you regardless if your in bethlehem or New York i will come get you I dont care if its 3 in the morning and im sleepin call me ill get up and get you Thank you Every 15 minutes. -Bethlehem PA
Tasha Jenkins May 8, 2008
Hi my name is gina and im a freshmen at basic high school this program was done at my school in april and I realy dident understan what was going on but my friends started leaving school early and I was confussed then I saw the sighns in the junch room saying my good friend amber was dead I was realy lost then teachers started telling me what was going on and I thought it was dumb but then when we had the assemble I cryed my eyes out all my friends said it was stupid but it realy affected me in so many ways so thank you for having this great prograhm it helps alot =) Henderson, NV
gina May 7, 2008
Were making a program like this but its less complex. its for the day before prom. It just give kids the idea of what could happen if they drink and drive. they just need to be careful and be safe. every 15 minutes is the best program! Inerlachen, FL
Danielle May 6, 2008
Hi, the every 15 minutes program was recently at Ganesha High School. The every 15 minutes program got me really thinking even though I am sophomore. Releazing that I can lose my friends on prom due to drinking and driving is pretty devasting. The students who volunteered in this program, I knew most of them. While at the rally on May 2, 2008 with my second period class, listening to what the students had to say got me very emotional. Especially, when the mother herself made a speech about her son. I can't even imagine going through that type of horrible diaster. Not only did every 15 minutes get thinking, it got me to say if the program came to Ganesha during my senior year I would like to take part of this program. It took a lot of courage for the students to make their speech in front of students, staff, friends and family. To listen to what they had to say gets everyone thinking. It especially got me thinking, that very day I told my friends that are going to prom, to becareful don't drink and drive; also do not get into a car where the driver has been drinking then you will regret everything. Pomona, CA
Chelsea May 3, 2008
I do not know about the others who have witnessed E15M in action, but I know that personally, the harshness of the funeral was an important lesson in reality. The people in our school, though I only knew one, who had been a part of the accident were missed. I actually felt as if these people i know were gone. I barely knew them and i missed them. This program not only teaches reality, but it teaches the strong, personal conciquences that one person's actions can cause. I know that the people closely involved in this program will think twice before entering a car or driving drunk. This program had a stong affect of my friends and i. E15M is the closest anyone wants to get to this scary reality. Morgan Hill, CA
Samantha Harmon May 3, 2008
WE PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVERY OTHER YEAR @ MY HIGH SCHOOL AND I AM HONORED TO BE A PART OF IT.... IT'S DEFINITELY MADE ME REALIZE THAT WE AREN'T AS INVINCIBLE AS WE SOMETIMES THINK WE ARE....I THINK THIS IS A MARVELOUS PROGRAM... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.GOD BLESS. Mineral Wells, TX
TAYLOR May 2, 2008
Yeah We had the every 15 minutes thing happen at our school. I am a freshman and it effected me alot because I knew 3 of the victims and i think every1 should pay attention to this because its serious and could happen to any of us. I want to just say to the people who died from alcohol related accidents Rest In Peace. Santa Rosa, CA
Doris Smith May 2, 2008
Never think that it can't happen to you. I am now 43 years old and grew up without a mother. She died when I was five months old in a automobile accident. My father was driving drunk. Had she lived, she would have been a "vegetable". Our high school is on it's third year of participating in "Every 15 Minutes" program. It hits home to all that witness and participate in it. If this program can save one life, it's worth it. Not having my mother in my life has really effected me but most of all, Please, do not drink and drive. No one is invincible. NO ONE. Rockland, ME
Valerie Wass May 2, 2008
My name is Lauren and I am currently a junior at Grossmont High School. For the past two days, the juniors and seniors experienced the Every 15 Minutes program and it was quite the reality check for a lot of people. I had made the personal decision to never drink a long time ago and the past couple have days reminded me why. When I was in middle school, I had friends who decided to drink and drive when they were only 13 and 14 years old. Lucky for them, they survived that night. Ironically, one of the girls was chosen to be the living dead yesterday. I was really affected by this program because I would never ever want to see that happen to ANYBODY, not just my friends. These past couple of days have really touched me and i have been seriously thinking about starting an awarness club at my school and I would love to have training in this so I could touch other teenagers to not do this. I urge everyone to take advantage of this program. If you have all ready seen this at your school, take a hint and live above the influence, don't allow yourself, your loved ones, or anybody for that matter fall to this PREVENTABLE thing. El Cajon, CA
Lauren Manderson May 1, 2008
The Every 15 Minutes program was held at my school yesterday and today. I am a freshman and most of the people i was sitting around when they were taking the car apart and taking the people away were laughing. I think most of them were laughing not because they thought it was funny, but because they didn't know how else to react. The presentation was very emotional. The people were standing in front of my at the funeral and i was still crying. I never want to imagine what life would be like if i lost a loved one in an accident like this. the number of people killed from drunk driving collisions is atonishing. it needs to be stopped, and this program really opened people's eyes. Morgan Hill, CA
Anonymous May 1, 2008
The Every 15 Minutes was held at my HS yesterday and today, and I can say that it was the most impacting thing I've ever witnessed through school. As a straight A student who runs track and takes all AP and honors classes, it was even more realistic to see. La Mesa
Emeri Keffer May 1, 2008
I recently had the Every 15 Minutes program at my school and I feel like it was a great program. I wish that more people would take this seriously. Most of the students participated very well though and it was a very touching event. I actually got to be a statistic and it was very emotional. I hope that every school can get the chance to either watch or participate in this program. Taylor Hanrahan, Lena, WI
Taylor Hanrahan May 1, 2008
I'm a senior at castro valley high school and two weeks ago my school held its every 15 minutes program. I was lucky enough to participate and help plan the event.Never have i seen so much cooperation from so many different organizations for a single event. Never have i been so emotional about any event my school put on. I felt so much pride in my peers that participated. i just want to thank everyone who believes in this program and helps spread the all too important message that our choices, even as teenagers, have an affect on everyone around us. even now, i still have people coming up to me saying how glad they are that our school participates in this program. thank you to everyone who helped, you have no idea how many people you've touched and helped. Castro Valley
Cristina Resendiz May 1, 2008
Hi. Recently, the E15M Program was held at my high school, and I am a freshman and I didn't think it was such a big deal, but it turned out to be shockingly emotional for me and i never thought that any of this could possibly ever happen to anyone i knew or loved. I have a sister that will be a junior when they do it again, and i just hope she'll learn as much as i did. E15M goes to the extreme to teach about drunk driving, it can be very painful and devestating to others. Thank You So much E15M!Outstanding Job. I will NEVER drink and drive.Prattville High School,Prattville, AL
Tiffany Herring Apr 27, 2008
The student's participation each year impresses me as they put there heart into the program. This is my eigth year coordinating this program and I thank the students at St Vincent High School for their dedication and participation. Thanks to all, you were great.
Matt Thomas Apr 26, 2008
The Every 15 Minutes program came to my school this week and it was amazing. I didnt even know they could actually get the fire trucks, police men, and ambulance there. I had friends that were in the "crash" and it was terrifying to think of what could've happened if they were actually in a crash. I think every school should do this program.
Megan Apr 26, 2008
I participated in the q15 at sierra high school and i think this program was the best thing that ever happened to me. i got so much out of it and it totally changed my decisions on drinking and partying on the weekends. even thought it was very emotional i still learned alot and had a lot of fun. MANTECA
Richelle Candido Apr 25, 2008
Fortuna Union High School participated in this program over the last couple days. It was very powerful and moving. I cannot see how anyone could not be affected in a positive way. Hopefully, the kids (and parents) will stop and think before drinking and driving. Keep up the good work.
Dave Jackson Apr 25, 2008
My school did the every fifteen minutes program a while ago, I still can't get it out of my mind, it was scary to watch, Hard to watch. It scared me to see hwat could happen to me if I choose to drive drunk. I'm glad I saw it and hope my cousins see it too, so that they know how it will affect us if they make that descision, I'm glad my friends saw it too, so I don't have to worry os much about them
Leslie Nuss Apr 24, 2008
Today my school participated in the Every 15 Minutes Program. Not only did this affect me because my classmates, and friends were killed, but i was a "Living Dead". I am so glad that i got to experience this, as a set up program, instead of maybe someday it happening for real. I've realized that no matter what, in life you can't take things for grantite, not even the little things. There aren't enough words to express about the pain and tourment my family went through, and it wasn't even real. I couldn't imagine putting them through it again, and never see them again. I would just like to say thank you. You have done an amazing thing. Kuna, ID
Tricia Behnke Apr 24, 2008