get the message - drunk driving kills
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
After approached by Jac-Cen-Del school officials, Task Unit 1 President
Jason Smith began to coordinate a mock car crash that
would take place last Friday, May 4 at the high school.
Students lined up to see Task Unit 1 members exhibit their expertise
on cutting victims out of a car that had been crashed
after a drunk got behind the wheel. Actors made the
scene real as they were covered in blood and one victim was fatally
wounded. The lifeless form was lifted from the crash and transferred
to a body bag in front of the eyes of the students. Rescue workers
administered medical care as best they could to another victim
in the crash as the extrication team cut the metal away. The driver,
who had been drinking too much was taken by officers
to a nearby police car to await transport to the county jail.
The scene was realistic down to calling for a helicopter to transport
the victim who was critically injured. Members of the
Osgood Volunteer Fire Department manned their post as they set up
a landing zone for LifeLine helicopter to land in a grassy area
just beyond the school. Firemen were on the scene of the accident
ready with a fire hose just in case the crashed car would erupt
into flames. They waited for the helicopter, but as it sometimes
happens in a real situation, just three minutes out, the radio communication
would tell the helicopter pilot did not feel it was safe to land,
due to weather conditions. The victim then was taken
by ground transport, lights and sirens blaring, to the hospital.
Several agencies took time out of their busy schedules to bring
the message home to students - dont drink and drive, better
yet, dont drink! They included: Task Unit 1, Osgood Volunteer
Fire Department, Rescue 69, Indiana State Police, Osgood Police
Department, and the Ripley County Sheriffs Department.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
The scene seemed real, even though the students knew it
was a mock crash. Pictured, the "drunk driver"
is being escorted into a police car by ISP Trooper James
Wells and Osgood Town Marshal Rodney Stepleton.