On Friday, May 10, 2019, a simulated car crash was planned at West Genesee High School by the Camillus Police Department, Fairmount Fire Department, Waves Ambulance, Buranich Funeral Home, Meyers Collision, the District Attorney and Medical Examiner’s Office with students from the high school.
Due to rain, the presentation was moved to the lower gymnasium and modified to an assembly about making safe choices.
Camillus Police Captain James Nightingale and West Genesee High School Resource Officer/Camillus Police Officer, Anthony Gucciardi, shared important messages about making smart decisions to ensure an enjoyable, but safe, Senior Ball experience.
As a reminder of what can happen with a wrong decision, Captain Nightingale pointed out an empty chair among the students in front of him. He asked them to, ” look around and imagine one of your friends missing after tonight”. A very powerful message!
Although they were unable to attend the full presentation outside, the crashed cars that would have been used in the simulated demonstration remained in the front circle for the remainder of the day. These cars were processed by the Fairmount Fire Department to remove the tops of the cars to demonstrate what would happen if this was an actual crash.
Almost 400 seniors attended the assembly as many of them planned to finish out the day at their Senior Ball which many of them plan to drive to.