THE HOBO HOMEFRONT: Students to honor Okaloosa veterans Nov. 12

Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 09:00 AM.

Firefighters performed a mock vehicular extraction with the Jaws of Life, the Florida Highway Patrol brought a rollover simulator and stressed the importance of wearing a seatbelt, and Bay County Fire House representatives filled a model home with vanilla-scented "smoke" to simulate a house fire.

Air medics landed a medevac helicopter on the softball field and allowed students to board the aircraft and learn more about the chopper’s features. Did you know that the medevac team could make it from the LHS softball field to Pensacola in 10-12 minutes? Now, that's flying!

Thank you to the Florala, Laurel Hill, Almarante and Bay County fire departments.

The fire marshal, Florida Forest Service based in Baker, Okaloosa EMS, Florida Highway Patrol, Baptist Hospital life Flight, LHS School Resource Officer Joe MacLaughlin and Pastor Mike McVay from First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill also helped make these programs possible.

Amber Kelley lives in Laurel Hill. Send news or comments to or P.O. Box 163, Laurel Hill, FL, 32567.

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