by Emily Armentrout
On April 26, with their prom approaching, Wabash High School teamed up with the local fire and police department, along with the Samaritan helicopter from Parkview Fort Wayne, to depict a crash scene for the juniors and seniors at Wabash High School. The accident was supposed to be caused by drinking and driving on prom night.
“It’s going to make a great impression on the kids. We’ve had parents come to watch and it has really impacted them,” said Carl Hall, an inspector for the Wabash Fire Department.
Hall was the narrator for this event. He explained what was happening to the students while the teams were working on their fellow classmates.
The students participating were Cassie Boone, Cooper Bostwick, Logan McDonald, and Chloe Mullet. Though this was a drill, the responding teams ran this scenario as realistically as they could, so the students would get a real look at how an accident scene would play out.
“It’s good training for the fire and police department. They are running this as a real accident,” Hall told The Paper of Wabash.
The scenario portrayed that Bostwick had been drinking and driving, and Boone was in his car with him. Bostwick sustained a head injury that was treated in the field, and then was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was handcuffed and placed into a police car. Boone also sustained a head injury along with an amputated hand. She was removed from the car after they used the jaws of life to remove the passenger side door. It was portrayed that she was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Logan McDonald and Chloe Mullett were in the second vehicle. Their car was laying on its roof, with them both half out of the vehicle. Mullet had a head wound, and several large lacerations on one of her arms. After she was removed from the vehicle, she was placed into the Samaritan helicopter, and would have been headed to Fort Wayne, had this been a real accident.
Hall explained that one of the last things they do when working accidents is also the saddest. In this part of the scenario, Hall explained why McDonald had received no attention up until this point. McDonald was portraying a teen that died at the scene of the accident. To give the true effect, McDonald was left laying on the ground until the other students had been tended to. Once the other students were on their way, the teams tended to McDonald. They placed McDonald into a body bag and wheeled him to a second ambulance.
After the participating students were taken away, the rest of the student body went back to the school to take part in a convocation where they talked about the consequences of drinking and driving and texting and driving.
This is the fourth time that these teams have portrayed a drunk driving accident before prom for high school students.
“Kenny Combs at North Side Wrecker gives us these cars for free to use,” said Hall. Cindy McDonald, a responder with the Samaritan helicopter, added that every part of the demonstration is free to the school.
With prom schedules differing so much, it isn’t always easy to schedule a time that works well for all the schools, so this year, Wabash High School was the only school in attendance. “The ultimate goal is to have at least all three county schools attend,” added Hall.