November 25, 2020

Public Safety Education Event held at Heard County High School

(Franklin) – The Franklin Police Department, Heard County Sheriff’s Office, and Heard County Fire and Emergency Services held the redesigned public safety education program on Thursday, April 11th for the students of Heard County High School. The event began at 8:00 a.m. and continued until 2:30 p.m.

The redesigned program consisted of five educational programs; two of which were held in classrooms and the other three in the parking lot.

Students were divided into groups of approximately 35, where they visited each of the five stations to receive the information about that station’s topic and an opportunity to ask questions. Throughout the day over 550 students passed through each of these stations.

Picture 062While at the Statutory and Date Rape station, the students were informed of the consequences regarding sexually related crimes, age of consent, and how to avoid becoming a victim due to any of these very important topics.

At another station, they watched a video titled “It Can Wait”, which provided actual testimony from family members and friends of victims who were killed while texting and driving a motor vehicle.

Afterward, law enforcement officers educated the students about seat belt usage, speeding, and driving while impaired.

The U.S. Army was present with a tractor-trailer that expanded into a mobile theater where students watched a 16 minute video regarding bullying and the effects it has on victims, including what to do if you become a victim. Several members from the U.S. Army were present to speak with the students regarding the topic and how it can result in crimes as serious as school shootings.

Students witnessed a mock accident scene involving two ATVs that had collided resulting in a fatality. The Heard County Fire and Emergency Services designed this station to educate students about the importance of safety equipment and being safe while riding these fun, yet dangerous vehicles, and what might happen if not operated safely.

Battalion Chief Scott Parrott stated, “all too often we respond to accidents involving an off road vehicle where people were seriously injured and most could have been avoided or injuries seriously reduced, if safety equipment would have been properly worn.”

A traffic cone course was placed in the parking lot where student volunteers were allowed to operate a golf cart while either wearing goggles to simulate driving under the influence or they were provided with a cell phone to text on while navigating the course.

The students that didn’t volunteer witnessed their classmates colliding with the cones while in a controlled environment.

“We are very pleased at how this program went and look forward to continuing it each year. I had the opportunity to speak with numerous members of the Student Council Association and many other students who were eager to see this program continue. We look forward to their continued involvement, so that we can focus on topics that are identified with the changing times,” stated Chief Kevin Hannah of the Franklin Police Department.

“I cannot thank everyone enough for their support of this program and we hope that it modified the behavior of the students that engage in these concerning topics. While visiting each station I had to opportunity to witness how respectful the students were to the instructors and many of the guest commented on how impressed they were with the students behavior,” added Hannah.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of this year’s event.  The public safety officials seemed to enjoy the event as much as the students.  After speaking with students, school staff members and the public safety employees involved, I feel that we made an impression on many students.  Our goal is to save lives by educating the students on these topics.  If we can save just one life, then we have accomplished our job.  I would also like to commend the students on their attentiveness and participation in each event,” stated Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry.

The public safety committee would like to thank the staff and students of the Heard County High School, Corporal Greg Holcomb of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Rape Crisis Center, Heard County District Attorney’s Office, Heard County Codes Enforcement, Air Evac Lifeteam, U.S. Army and the many other volunteers that assisted with this program. Without their assistance the 2013 Public Safety Education Program would have not been possible.

Press Release and photos courtesy of The Franklin Police Department. To see more photos visit facebook.com/HeardCitizen.

Comments

  1. Judy Miller says

    Thank you to everyone involved in this very valuable activity!

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