Mock crash scenario at EHTHS aims to prevent real-life crashes

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Laura Stetser/Senior Sierra Fox is placed on a stretcher after being extracted from the car with the use of Jaws of Life rescue tools. Laura Stetser/Senior Sierra Fox is placed on a stretcher after being extracted from the car with the use of Jaws of Life rescue tools.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The impact of on person making the wrong decision was laid bare in front of nearly 700 Egg Harbor Township High School seniors as they were witness to a realistic mock car crash Friday, June 6, just one day before they would celebrate their prom.

Egg Harbor Township Police Department officers were the first to respond to the staged two-car crash, quickly calling in the fire company, ambulances and other first responders.

  Medical Investigator Debbie Rue of the Officer of the Regional Medical Examiner wraps the victim’s body in a body bag. Medical Investigator Debbie Rue of the Officer of the Regional Medical Examiner wraps the victim’s body in a body bag.

Dressed in prom attire, four student actors played through the scenario with the help of the professionals, while Egg Harbor Township Sgt. Al Maiorano narrated over a loud speaker to the students lined up outside the school.

Sirens blared as the firefighters arrived and got to work cutting the windshield of one of the cars, and then using the Jaws of Life rescue tools to remove its roof and extract the trapped passenger, who was badly injured and covered with blood.

The driver, played by senior Robert Nealy, was given a field sobriety test by the police officers and placed under arrest on vehicular homicide and drunk driving charges. He sat locked away in the back of the police car while his victims were treated.

A New Jersey State Police medical helicopter was called in for the driver of the other car. It landed in front of the school, rustling the trees and kicking up dust in an effort to provide care to the young woman in time.

But it was too late. The female driver, played by senior Michelle Rossi, had died from the crash, and the medical examiner was called in to remove the body from the scene. The medical examiner filled out and secured toe tags before her limp body was wrapped into a body bag.

The large-scale event brought together agencies from around the region, providing valuable cross-over training in addition to the lesson for the students. It was organized by Assistant Principal Alicia Scelso.

Scelso credits Sgt. Al Maiorano of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department for assisting in the coordination. Also donating their time were representatives from the Bargaintown and Cardiff volunteer fire companies, Egg Harbor Township Emergency Medical Services, the SouthStar Aeromedical Team, the Southern Regional Medical Examiner's Office, Adams Perfect Funeral Home, Denny's Towing and Mike McNamara of AtlantiCare Paramedics, Jim House and Lee Buhrman, and student actors Nealy, Rossi, Paolo DeDios and Sierra Fox.

 


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