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The Southern Vermont Red Ribbon Tree memorializes victims of drunk, drugged driving

The emergency medical services community had members in attendance, as did a number of local volunteer fire departments. Community anti-drug coalitions, the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition, and the Black River Area Coalition, both had staff members, Tina Coltey, Emily Knapp, and Brigid Sullivan, who spoke to the assembled group of their agencies' efforts. Three staff members from Rutland County Court Diversion and Community Justice Center were also in attendance. Travis Potter, a security officer from the Rutland Regional Medical Center, and an instructional aide at Mill River Union High School, told of the hospital's efforts and his personal experiences in the emergency room. Lastly, Lawrence McLiverty, the Vermont SADD Coordinator spoke, and others shared their stories of how they were affected by a crash. Richard Frank, a health professional who works in the Health Careers Academy at Stafford Technical Center, and who is the president of the Marble Valley Runners, spoke about the pain of being the parent one who was affected by substances.

This event was planned and executed by members of the Stafford Technical Center SADD Chapter; student Ginger Vaughan, a junior from Poultney High School, was the overall Project Director. She was assisted by Assistant Project Directors Aaron Bosch, a Mill River UHS senior in the Stafford Public Safety Services Program, and Emily Newton, a junior from Fair Haven Union High School, who supervised her fellow Health Careers students. The tree, which was donated by Smokey House and cut and delivered by the Stafford Technical Center Forestry Program, under the direction of Mark Raishart and Mary Helm, will remain at the Diamond Run Mall during the holiday season so that others can remember those who have been lost to these crashes.

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