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Students in Cynthia Duncan’s kindergarten class flock to pet a hedgehog courtesy of the veterinary science class at WCHS. Pictured, from left, are Yatzil Gonzalez, Abby Blankenship, Brenley O’Neal and Amelia Partin.
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Volunteer firefighter Slayden Rogers shows Hickory Creek students a thermal imaging camera that’s used to determine the intensity of flames, among its many uses.

Hickory Creek students became especially attentive when they saw volunteer firefighter Slayden Rogers holding an ax.

Rogers explained he uses the ax for more than breaking down doors in an emergency situation.

“When I go into a house that’s on fire and there’s a lot of smoke, I can’t see anything,” said Rogers. “That means I have to feel my way around. My arms aren’t that long, but when I use the ax, you can see how far it extends my reach.”

Rogers made his comments to students as part of career day activities at Hickory Creek. Rogers explained to students that firefighters conduct a Two Minute Drill where they are expected to change from their street clothes to full firefighter gear in just two minutes. He also talked about working for the all-volunteer fire department in Morrison.

“Being a volunteer means I don’t get paid. I do it because I enjoy it and because I enjoy helping people,” said Rogers. “You never know when an emergency call may arrive. It may come in while I’m in church or while I’m eating diner.”

WCHS students had perhaps the most popular exhibit, that being an animal display with a hedgehog, guinea pig and snake. The animals are used in a veterinarian science class at WCHS.

“The class is offered through MTSU and we can get college credit if we pass a 100-question test,” said WCHS student Keely Basham while holding the hedgehog named Pinelope.

Linemen with Caney Fork Electric showed students their bucket truck and said it can elevate to heights of 60 feet. Jeff Moffitt said he feels safe in the bucket, even when it’s at full extension, because legs extend from the vehicle to give it extra support.

Sheriff’s deputy Jorge Rivera gave students the chance to hop inside his patrol SUV and they jumped at the chance, climbing all over the inside of his vehicle.