Corinth and Alcorn County emergency personnel, including an air ambulance, descended on Alcorn Central High School Wednesday afternoon for an accident with fatalities — a dramatic presentation of an accident showing realistic consequences as part of the Prom Promise event.
The presentation was a life-like emergency drama showing two car accident scenarios and a motorcycle accident scenario to demonstrate to students the potentially life-changing (or life-ending) consequences of texting and driving or drinking and driving.
ACHS Principal Brandon Quinn said he felt the Prom Promise presentation went well.
“The students were very engaged during the program and even the day after the event — they were still talking about what they’d seen,” said Quinn. “I feel like they now have a picture in their minds that will hopefully stay with them if they are tempted to drive distracted or drink and drive.”
The principal went on explain the students received a real-life perspective as the EMS and other emergency personnel responded professionally just as if the accident were a real event.
Real life emergency personnel were on the scene, including the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, the Air Evac Lifeteam, the Farmington Fire Department and Farmington Police Department, EMS and the coroner as part of the Prom Promise event.
This was the first time the event had been staged in Alcorn County. Prom Promise organizer Gail Hudson said she had helped organize this event for Tishomingo County and Belmont for the last few years. She was glad to have the chance to do it for Alcorn County.
It took a cast of several to pull off the scenario. One student was DOA, according to the script. The organizer feels strongly about the message of the Prom Promise.
“Not only is it good for the kids, it’s also a good training exercise for volunteer fire departments,” said Hudson.
Hudson said one especially poignant moment for her was when firefighter Shawn Nelms had to attend to his own son, Kameron Nelms, who took part in the accident scenario. She said “it killed her” to see that scenario and the real emotion within the staged moment.
“That is our worst nightmare. If there is just one kid that we can save, then we have done what we have set out to do,” said Hudson.
Quinn said he hopes for the school to present the Prom Promise event again, possibly every other year as long as the Air Evac Lifeteam and other emergency personnel are available to do it.