(Calhoun, Ga) — Emergency services agencies from Calhoun and Gordon County banded together Tuesday to send an important message to area high school seniors.
With the help of seven Calhoun High School seniors acting as “victims,” the agencies demonstrated their skills during a Prom Crash Reenactment held at the Calhoun Recreation Department.
“Although this scenario involved a teen drunk driver, our focus is overall safe teen driving and awareness for not only the prom season, but a lifetime of good decisions behind the wheel,” explained Lt./EMT Doug Hite, coordinator of the Prom Crash Reenactment. “Seniors from all three local high schools were bussed to the crash scene so that they could witness what could happen as a result of drunk driving.”
The scenario involved a two-car crash involving teenagers. One vehicle was driven by a drunk-driver, who was arrested at the scene. The crash also included teen fatalities.
“This is not something that we like to think about, but every year we hear of teens injured or killed because of drinking and driving or poor driving decisions,” said Courtney Taylor, director of Gordon EMS. “Anything we can do as emergency response agencies to keep kids safe is certainly worth the effort.”
Agencies involved in the reenactment included Gordon EMS, Gordon County Fire Department, Calhoun Fire Department, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County EMA, Gordon County 911, Georgia State Patrol, Gordon County Coroner’s Office, LifeForce, and local funeral homes.
In addition to the many agencies and volunteers behind the scenes, organizers also expressed their appreciation to Trey Pierson for supplying the sound system and to Parrish Towing for supplying the vehicles and towing service.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for the many hours of work and planning that goes into this event every year,” Taylor added. “Our prayer now is that this effort will prevent our teenagers from making wrong choices.”