The Tokeneke PTO invites you to join us for a free screening of the documentary film High School 9-1-1: Never Underestimate a Teenager.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Tim Warren, Post 53 alum, ’85.


Experience a heart-stopping, action-packed year with Darien EMS-Post 53, the only ambulance service for the 20,000 residents of Darien, Connecticut, as it covers one of the deadliest stretches of highway off of I-95, responds to over 1,500 emergency calls, and is run by high school teenagers.

Tickets to FREE Screening and Q&A

A limited number of tickets are available, RSVP necessary.  Tickets are available to Tokeneke Families from November 5 – 15.  Tickets are open to the public on November 16.

About The Film

High School 9-1-1 chronicles a year in the life of the only ambulance service in Darien, Connecticut that just happens to be run by high school teenagers?! This one-of-a-kind organization services 20,000 residents 365 days a year, 24/7 and responds to over 1500 emergency calls annually.

The foundation of Darien EMS–Post 53 is the empowerment of young people through adult and peer mentorship. “Posties” are taught a multitude of managerial, critical thinking and emergency medical skills and then given the responsibility to implement what they have learned by actually running their own EMS organization.

The goal of the film is to inspire and empower young people as well as motivate the adults in their lives—parents, educators, school administrators, community leaders—to create opportunities for them to learn by doing and make a difference in their communities. In short, empowered teens are happy teens and happy teens are productive teens that can go on to accomplish great things.

One of the particular calls that has stuck with me over the years has been a call where I was responsible for talking to the wife of a man who had gone into cardiac arrest. This call shifted the way I understood and respected every crew member’s responsibility on the call because as the driver, your focus needs to be on some of the scene’s periphery (but equally important) needs, such as communicating with [immediate] friends or family members — a shift away from the acute emergency that is CPR.

I wrote about this experience in one of my college application essays because the couple was so elderly that the stark comparison in age between the surviving wife and myself stands out in my mind as a moment that represents the Post experience well. I, a 17-year-old, was confronted with the task of explaining to a 98-year-old woman that her life-long partner’s heart and respirations were being controlled by our emergency team. It’s not an easy task but in the moment, you don’t doubt yourself and you certainly don’t doubt anybody on the team. It is only in retrospect that I appreciate the awe of the experience.

Ines Castro

DHS Sophomore and EMT-in-training, Post 53

Is the film appropriate for kids? The film is appropriate for ages 13 and up. The young first responders/EMTs in the film are ages 13 to 17. Some parents feel that the film is appropriate for children as young as 10, but it is up to individual parents or guardians to determine if children younger than 13 should watch. The film does not contain graphic scenes of blood or gore. Situations depicted in the film include patients in cardiac arrest and patients who do not make it.  Additionally, we want to warn you that the film does contain one minor profanity word (b.s.).

Q&A with Director Tim Warren

Following the screening of the film, a question-and-answer session will be held with director Tim Warren.
Tim Warren

Tim Warren

Director, Producer, Editor and Former "Postie"

I was a member of Darien EMS–Post 53 from 1982 to 1985 and served as the organization’s VP of Operations my senior year of high school. I have such an incredible appreciation for “The Post,” and the opportunity and responsibility I was given as a teenager, that it motivated me to make this film. Today, I run my own production company that produces narrative films, documentaries and reality programming. I’ve spent the last two decades as an Executive Producer/Show Runner, overseeing 100’s of people at a time, on shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Bar Rescue. I’m also a multi-camera director having twice been nominated by The Director’s Guild of America for my work on SPIKE’s Ink Masterand Pros vs. Joes. While I didn’t go into the medical field, the life skills I learned in Post 53—making quick decisions under extreme stress, working with others and just plain not giving up—have been invaluable to me. I hope you enjoy the film and to quote Post 53’s Founder, Bud Doble, “Assume Nothing.”

Director Tim Warren was a member of Darien EMS – Post 53 from 1982-198

Tim Warren, here in 1985, goes through CPR training with fellow members of Darien EMS – Post 53.

Director: Tim Warren
Producer: Kelli Joan Bennett
Time: 86 mins
Year: 2016

Date: Wednesday, November 29
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Darien Library
1441 Post Road, Darien CT
RSVP and Tickets Necessary

  • November 5 – 15: Tickets are Free and open to Tokeneke School Families.
  • November 16 – 29: Tickets are Free and open to the public.


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