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October 9, 2013

"Duck Dynasty" skit helps spread fire safety

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Highland Park Elementary School gymnasium roared with laughter as firefighters dressed as Si and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty showed the audience what not to do in a kitchen.

Si demonstrated what happens when a knife goes in a toaster, pretending to be electrocuted and then falling to the ground.

“Listen up — don’t stick a knife in a toaster!” Willie said. “That’ll get you hurt.”

The two firefighters used playful humor in their “Smoke Dynasty” skit as a way to engage the students, but with a broader message.

In honor of National Fire Prevention week, the Stillwater Fire Department made its way to the elementary school after performing at Westwood and Sangre Ridge on Monday and Skyline and Highland Park on Tuesday.

This year’s theme was “Prevent Kitchen Fires: Get cookin’ with fire safety!”

“Fire safety prevention week is awesome,” said Highland Park Principal Kirk Baze. “The kids love seeing the firemen and fire trucks.”

Every year, two students from each school who win the poster coloring contest get a T-shirt and a ride to school in the truck.

Contest winners were Tyler Brown, third grade; and Rylei Denton, second grade.

“They’ve been a fabulous group,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Neal Moore.

Moore was in awe of how Duck Dynasty was a big hit for the students.

“Every school we’ve been to — preschool through elementary — have all seen the show,” Moore said.

The skit was performed on a stage set up like a home kitchen. The table held household items such as toys, candles, lighters and food.

Character Willie would hold up items asking the audience “Tool or toy?”

When the students were asked what to do if there is a fire, they yelled to call 911.

Character Si reminded the kids of three simple rules to remember: stay calm, cover your face and “we got to roll.”

“When the smoke goes up, you go down,” he said.

Stillwater Fire Chief Tom Bradley sat in the middle of the crowd with the students to start the show.

Bradley said at one time he attended Highland Park.

“There are teachers here who remember doing stop, drop and roll at school,” Bradley said. “Fire prevention goes way back.”

As far as 1951— retired Assistant Chief Richard Giles said the fire department has been going into schools to entertain — and educate — for generations.

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