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RCH Leads Efforts for Texting-Drinking-Driving Student Assembly at RTHS

ROCHELLE, IL--September 20, 2013--Rochelle Community Hospital, along with several area agencies, will be presenting a Car Accident Reenactment on Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. at RTHS. This student assembly will begin with a 9-1-1 call involving a car accident as a result of drinking and texting and will be as close to real life as possible.  RCH Emergency Room nurses and technicians will play the part of accident victims whose conversation prior to the accident is recorded leading into the 9-1-1 call.  Following the accident, the scenario will play out with police response, sobriety test, jaws of life rescue, ambulance and helicopter response along with coroner notification.  Speakers will include a Rochelle policeman and keynote speaker, Brenda Toot, Mother of a teenage victim.

Following the reenactment, the Illinois State Police will have a demonstration with simulator showing the effects of driving without a seat belt.  Students will then be invited to talk to volunteers and agency representatives one-on-one on the field and inspect the emergency vehicles on the scene. Students will have access to counselors if needed.

This assembly will be presented prior to Homecoming Week and is a community service provided to our high school students by the following agencies:  Rochelle Police, Rochelle Fire, Ogle County Sheriff, Ogle County Coroner, OSF Aviation,  Illinois State Police, WRHL Radio, Rochelle Township High School and Rochelle Community Hospital.


Janet Stewart

Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator