Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Ghost Out Held Today at River Ridge High School

March 17, 2017

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.

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Students from River Ridge High School become actors in today's Ghost Out event.
Students from River Ridge High School become actors in today's Ghost Out event. (click image for slideshow)
Ghost Out was held today in front of the student body at River Ridge High School.
Ghost Out was held today in front of the student body at River Ridge High School.
A Cherokee County firefighter checks on one of the victims at the simulated accident scene.
A Cherokee County firefighter checks on one of the victims at the simulated accident scene.
Students take in the real time accident scene.
Students take in the real time accident scene.
Firefighters work hard to help those who survived the accident.
Firefighters work hard to help those who survived the accident.
A chaplain arrives to assist those teens who are having emotional problems at the scene of the accident.
A chaplain arrives to assist those teens who are having emotional problems at the scene of the accident.
A Cherokee County firefighter uses the jaws of life to remove a victim from the car.
A Cherokee County firefighter uses the jaws of life to remove a victim from the car.
A field sobriety test is given to one of the drivers.
A field sobriety test is given to one of the drivers.
A patient is taken to a nearby helicopter to be life flighted.
A patient is taken to a nearby helicopter to be life flighted.
Duane Ferree speaks to the students about the dangers of texting while driving.
Duane Ferree speaks to the students about the dangers of texting while driving.