Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, along with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, the Cherokee County Coroner's Office, Air Life Georgia Helicopter Service and Mauldin's Body Shop presented Ghost Out 2017 to the student body of River Ridge High School on Friday morning. Ghost Out is a serious, impactful and educational event in which pre-selected and trained students dramatize injuries and lives lost due to teen driving accidents.
The Ghost Out program is different from other traffic safety programs since students experience, with the victims, exactly what occurs during and after a serious collision. The Ghost Out event demonstrates what happens during an actual emergency by presenting a simulated wreck. The wreck, which was performed near the football stadium at River Ridge High School, showed the fire department performing vehicle extrication with the jaws-of-life, paramedics, EMT's and life flight personnel providing emergency treatment to the victims and the sheriff's office investigating the cause of the accident.
At the conclusion of the simulated accident, students heard from Duane Ferree, whose brother, Derrick, lost his life in May of 2012 in a accident when a car struck Derrick’s motorcycle on Bascomb Carmel Road. The driver of the car was apparently on his cell phone when the accident occurred. Also speaking at the event was Cherokee Country Sheriff’s Deputy, John Brookshire, who responded to the call that day.
Ghost Out is presented by numerous agencies with Cherokee County Public Safety in hopes of reducing the number of injuries and deaths due to automobile accidents among teenagers.