Modesto kids stop, drop and roll, for safety's sake

About 250 students at Orville Wright Elementary School in Modesto's airport neighborhood got to "stop, drop and roll" and watch a Modesto Fire Department ladder hoist their teachers 65 feet in the air Wednesday afternoon. The safety presentation was one of several at area schools this week and last as a part of Fire Prevention Month.

The firefighters asked the students questions about what they would do if their house caught on fire: "Do you stop for your favorite toy?" asked firefighter Mat Pirrone. "Do you want to crawl underneath the bed and hide?"

The kindergarten through third-grade students were quick to answer "No!"

Engineer Jair Juarez said he's done fire safety talks at area schools for six years and is impressed with what the students already know. "When I go to schools, they all know the answers already," Juarez said. "they're doing a good job, and the kids are remembering it."