DETROIT -

A local group of children has spent their summer learning how to save lives.

They performed CPR. They put out simulated fires and they even felt what it would feel like to crawl through a smoke-filled room.

The teens Detroit's Youth Connection learned how to deal with disaster.

More than 20 teens spent the summer with some of Detroit's finest from the Fire Department, Police Department and Homeland Security. Everything they learned was put to the test in a friendly competition.

The true winners are the people these teens can help save.

The Youth Connection is a paid internship for teens to become certified in first responder skills. However, the life lessons learned are priceless.