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‘As real as possible’: Emergency preparedness exercise hones rescue skills

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Copyright © 2017 Albuquerque Journal“I don’t know where my husband is! Where is he?” Screamed Kay Kay McDermott, blood streaming down her face from a huge|a laceration as emergency responders helped her in the wreckage of a train in the Lamy train station one morning a|last|a week|Blood streaming down her face by a huge|a laceration as emergency responders helped her in the wreckage of a train in the Lamy train station one morning a|last|a week, screamed Kay Kay McDermott|Screamed Kay Kay McDermott, blood streaming down her face by a huge|a laceration as she was helped by emergency responders in the wreckage of a train at the Lamy train station one morning last|last|a week. Meanwhile, her husband, Stacy McDermott, gritted his teeth against the pain of a leg; some of the bone had forced its way|leg.

Fortunately, the injuries of the Edgewood couple were nothing more than special-effects makeup and the “wreckage” was actually a fully functional and intact Rail Runner Express car.

Kay Kay and Stacy McDermott of Edgewood hold hands after role playing in an exercise simulating a derailed train car and chemical spill at the Lamy train station. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

The pair were among around 100 actors that helped with an emergency preparedness exercise between the New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Louisiana National Guards and local, state and federal agencies in Lamy on Tuesday.

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“This was all for the first responders so they can hone their skills,” Stacy McDermott said. “We try to make it as real as possible.”

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The train derailment exercise was a part of a gigantic exercise performed in northern New Mexico from Aug. 3 through Thursday.

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