Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Ghost Out Held Yesterday at River Ridge High School

April 12, 2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, along with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, Mauldin's Body Shop and In Their Honor Transports presented Ghost Out 2019 yesterday to the student body of River Ridge High School off Arnold Mill Road, East of Woodstock.  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 River Ridge High School, showed the fire department performing vehicle extrication with the jaws-of-life, paramedics, and EMT's providing emergency treatment to the victims and the sheriff's office investigating the cause of the accident.

Following the Ghost Out program, Lacey Fritz, whose 16 year old daughter, Maddi, was killed in a traffic accident on the morning of September 8th, 2017, spoke to the student body about this unfortunate tragedy and how it affected their lives.

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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A large group of students watch the Ghost Out program at River Ridge High School.
A large group of students watch the Ghost Out program at River Ridge High School. (click image for slideshow)
Cherokee County firefighters arrive on scene to assist with the injured.
Cherokee County firefighters arrive on scene to assist with the injured.
Firefighters remove the injured from a vehicle.
Firefighters remove the injured from a vehicle.
A Cherokee County firefighter uses the Jaws of Life to remove a victim from the automobile.
A Cherokee County firefighter uses the Jaws of Life to remove a victim from the automobile.