Man Involved in FSU Binge Drinking Death Pleads

Published 08/27 2014 11:21PM

Updated 08/27 2014 11:40PM

One of the three men connected to the binge drinking death of a Fresno State Student pleaded no contest. Leonard Serrato is the second of the three fraternity members to plea no contest. He will be sentenced September 16th. A third fraternity member pleaded not guilty.

Philip Dhanens died in August 2012 after binge drinking at a Theta Chi Fraternity party. Three fraternity members were held responsible for Dhanens Death. They were charged with misdemeanor hazing and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Fresno State has had programs that educate students on the dangers of alcohol for years. They expanded awareness with their Watchdog program after Dhanens death.

"It's a day long training. Students learn more in depth how to recognize the signs of alcohol overdose and actually get CPR certified through the American Red Cross," Georgianna Negron-Long, who oversees the Watchdog program said.

Students on campus say the program helps them understand binge drinking.

"it's good information that you need to know in case someone has alcohol poisoning, or what to look for if someone is drinking too much," Joshua Medrano a student said.

The program teaches students how to intervene, call 911 and a nurse helps them identify the symptoms of alcohol poisoning.

"How from a nursing perspective would you be able to tell is someone really unresponsive, how can you test to see if someone is responsive, Negron-Long said.

The university is going to launch another phase of the program that rewards designated drivers. They are working with local restaurants and bars to give designated drivers complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks.

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