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First responders gather in Townville for simulation training

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Townville firefighters (file/FOX Carolina) Townville firefighters (file/FOX Carolina)
TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The wreckage involves multiple cars and crews work to get smashed doors open.

"Trauma is a leading cause of death in the United States," said paramedic and firefighter Aaron Dix. "The problem is when you get multiple vehicles, highway accidents- heavy rescue it can be come very very difficult."

Dix is also the director of the Simulation Education with the Greenville Health System. On Wednesday, the mangled metal wasn't part of a real wreck, but first responders trained because it could be.

"You perform like you train," Dix said.

And those who attended are EMTs, firefighters, and first responders throughout the Upstate who witnessed and have helped with real-life deadly situations.

"People need help," Emily Byrnside said.

That's why she signed up for the training. Many of the first responders raced to Townville when police say a teenager shot and killed 6-year-old Jacob Hall in September. 

"When families are involved, they are our fireman. We had to bring other stations- they came in and covered their shifts after the shooting," Dwayne Johnson said. He works with LKQ Auto Parts and Salvage Yard.

"It was a no brainier when the tragedy happened at the school that I wanted to reach out and try to do something to help them," Johnson said.

So, to show his gratitude, he pulled together the wrecked cars and simulation training in Townville for those first responders.

"I myself suffered an injury that this rescue squad came out and if it weren't for them I wouldn't have my right arm," Johnson said.

And so, the first responders came together again as one in Townville.

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