A mock prom night car crash with fake injuries and even death was presented at the Edmonson County High School Track and football field today, sponsored by the Youth Service Center and local emergency personnel. The crash created a tragic scenario of what could happen with intoxicated or distracted driving. Lisa Sanders with the YSC, is also a part time EMT with the Edmonson County EMS. She addressed the students after the presentation and discussed how real the put-on event actually seemed.
The scene was eerily realistic with make-up, props, and talented ECHS students who were engaged in their performances. Senior Hunter Houchins, a "victim" with life-threatening injuries, said that when the tarps were pulled off the wrecked cars it instantly seemed real. "It helped me realize what actually could happen in a situation like that and all the outcomes," he said. "I just hope what we did today opened some eyes and maybe it will influence some decisions on kids in the future. I know it influenced me."
Sheriff Shane Doyle said tons of effort went into the project by many people and agencies. "Everyone worked very hard to present this as realistic as possible," he said. "Prom is supposed to be one of the best memories of high school. Hopefully this presentation got some kids' attention and they'll do their best to make good decisions not only on prom night, but every night.:
Laney Meredith, a junior at ECHS said she was very moved by today's event. "It seemed so real to be watching a scene of our friends at death's door," she said. "I'm thankful our school showed us what could happen in a horrible situation like this so it will hopefully prevent us from getting hurt."
"To me, it's one of the most beneficial things we're able to do," said Keith Sanders, Director of Edmonson County EMS. "We want students to know there are real dangers and real life consequences to the choices they make. If we can cause one kid to change their mind then it was worth it."
Special thanks to:
Edmonson County Youth Service Center
Brownsville Fire Dept, JAWS of Life
Kentucky State Police, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police Department
Edmonson County EMS, Edmonson County Coroner Michael Alexander
Edmonson County High School
Chris Raymer, Mickey's Towing and Recovery
Air EVAC Flight Team
Carla Kinser, Dispatch Telecommunicator, Edmonson Co. Dispatch Center
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