WU Tech students tear cars apart, just to put them back together

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Washburn Tech students have been busy cutting vehicles apart and putting them back together.

Washburn Tech's Recycled Rides program awarded Leroy Lattimore was a refurbished 2009 Ford Focus Wednesday. The program partners students with instructors and professional mentors to fix donated vehicles to be given to those in need.

Lattimore says that he'll use the car to get back a forth from work.

"There are no words that can express," said Lattimore. "I've been down, I've made a few mistakes in my lifetime. This is going to put me one step closer to better myself and getting back into school and bettering myself. Thank you."

After the Recycled Rides presentation, students got up close and personal with learning how to extricate victims from vehicles.

State Farm donated late model vehicles as a part of the First Responders Emergency Extrication program. Organizers say Washburn Tech is the only educational institution hosting one of the 13 FREE programs.

Organizers say that sophisticated electronics, multiple airbag systems and high strength material made these exercises more important then ever.

Both of Wednesday's events were in partnership with the National Auto Body Council.