Mock Prom Accident at Marietta High

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

It's prom season, and while students are excited about their dresses, tuxedos and dates; authorities and school administrators have safety on their minds.

The sound of sirens is one nobody likes to hear on prom night, but for a mock accident Wednesday at Marietta High School, they might just be alarming enough to keep prom night quiet.

"We're trying to show multiple decisions that were poor," Gwynette Hammond with the Devola Fire Dept. said.

Decisions like drag racing and drinking and driving.

Even though the students and authorities are only acting, it's still tough for the other students to watch.

"It hit hard," Alice Ferguson, a student, said.

"My girlfriend was actually the one on the hood of the car, so just seeing something like that was pretty hard to see," Phil Zagunis, a student, said.

But officials say observing such a tragic scene is sometimes what it takes to prevent one.

"Sometimes dramatic is what gets their attention," Hammond said.

Blair Gunovich played the role of a drunk driver who was drag racing and t-boned another car. He hopes his act will keep others from making those decisions in the real world.

"I really don't want to wake up Sunday morning to find out that a close friend or family member has been injured or even dead by an accident like this, so I think it's really important that for the protection of all of our friends and family to keep on doing demonstrations like this," Gunovich said.

A demonstration to show students how one bad decision can impact so many lives.

Marietta High School conducts the mock prom accident every two years, so that each class has two opportunities to see it.

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  • by bobby Location: devola vol. firefighter on May 3, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    just to let evey one know i am a vol firefighter for devola and we put alot of time in planning this mock accident. and im greatful for every one that thought it was a good idea. also on the subject of good luck at night in devola an time of the day i am ready to respond for any thing, i work during the day but if there is a fire i can leave work and take care of it
  • by vol. firefighter Location: marietta on May 1, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    First of all Julio, do a little research before you make an uninformed statement. The volunteers that offer their services and risk thier lives at Devola or any station are just as qualified as the paid crew that may be on duty during regular hours. Pray that you never need any service that they offer, but rest assured that you would be well taken care of any time of day or night.
  • by Mark Location: Parkersburg on Apr 30, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Let me first say I totally agree with the mock disaster idea. It's a great learning experience for kids, but to reference drag racing is wrong. Drag racing is a very popular sport and is growing every day. Street Racing should have been the phrase used in the segment. Drag racing is done on a closed race track with extreme safety equipment and rules. Being a drag racer, I think this type of publicity is harmful to our sport and kids should be taught the difference.
  • by mhsparent on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:07 PM
    The main subject is about teaching our students what drinking and driving could do along with other stupid decisions while behind the wheel of a vehicle, not about EMS services and I would hope there isn't anyone out there who intends to wreck anywhere or in one particular area/place.
  • by mttamom Location: mtta on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    I certainly hope it will make students "think" and not just around PROM time, but ALWAYS; not only would it be hard for a classmate but also imagine what it would do to their or even your own parent(s) if something happened due to a "bad decision" like this. I know I would be totally devastated!! PLEASE-BE SMART & SAFE ALWAYS!
  • by devon Location: vienna on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    im just happy the students got to see what happens if you drink and drive. As for the first 1 or 2 comments: I live in Vienna, We have professional EMS by the way of Camden Clark and St. Joe's... I wouldnt trade that for any service that is manned through volunteer or whatever you want to call it. They folks down here have paid EMS pretty much througout Wood co.
  • by charles Location: newport on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    Come on, julio. I UNDERSTAND 110% what your're saying. I really do. But, give someone credit for at least trying to help. It is odd though, that only a few of the non paid fire dept's around here have paid ems (contracted)during the "work hours". ALL of them should have ems on duty 24hrs ready to roll. If a tax levy or something is needed then so be it. The era of 24 hour volunteer EMS service is gone. Long gone.
  • by julio Location: l. hocking on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    Best thing about Devola, is that they have Professional EMS during the day. When I'm in the area, I'll try and ONLY wreck then. Cause once they go home....GOOD LUCK!
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