School Counselor, Lynn Cole invited area organizations and emergency responders to Holladay School on Wednesday for the Vehicle and Career Day. Students enjoyed learning about the ins-and-outs of service organizations including, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Holladay-McIllwain Fire Department, Benton County Electric System, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Army, Tennessee National Guard, and Prime Towing.
The event was a huge success. Students were exuberant as the Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter, piloted by Trooper Lee Russell, landed. The day was full of learning and exploring as each invited guest shared insight into their exciting career.
The Benton County Rescue Squad’s Captain Dwayne Presson and member Robert Sullivan displayed one of the rescue squad’s crash trucks and an array of tools and equipment used by the squad and explained to the students how they are used in saving lives, according to Unit Director, John Beasley.
“This event gives these students the opportunity to see and understand how these agencies support and provide vital services to our local communities,” stated Presson.
Beasley further explained, “The rescue squad is staffed by dedicated volunteers from the community who continually train to be able to respond to many types of accidents. In addition to vehicle extrication, the BCRS provides other vital services to the residents of Benton County including farm rescue, water rescue and recovery, land searches, and trench rescue.”
Wrapping up the day’s event, Cole said, “I would just like to thank everyone who had a part into making the event happen. Our students not only enjoyed the day, but learned so much while having fun. It’s the reason we do what we do. It’s all about our students.”
Camden Elementary enjoyed the same event on Tuesday. Cole said she hopes to continue to build the event for the two schools each and every year.