By CBSNewYork Team

EAST ROCKAWAY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Island school workers were honored Thursday for saving the lives of dozens of students.

On June 3, a suspended drunk driver crashed through a fence and then drove onto the field at Rhame Elementary School in East Rockaway.

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Eighty first and second grade students were on the field, but alert school staffers rushed out and cleared the field before anyone got hurt.

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They were presented with citations thanking them Thursday.

“They grabbed the children. They brought them to a safe place. And this is a fine example of how teachers teach our children the way to behave, the way a fine adult should behave, and being selfless and self-sacrificing,” Nassau County legislator Howard Kopel said.

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The driver of that car was arrested and charged with DWI.

CBSNewYork Team