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Troop 691 Scouts help Explorers with lifesaving skills

POSTED: February 12, 2009 2:02 p.m.
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Charlie Westerfield shows off the effects of a deep cut on his arm. The injury, while fake, helped members of the Explorers learn to treat injuries.

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Boy Scouts from Troop 691 used their makeup skills to expose the Explorer Scouts of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department Explorer program to realistic wounds and physical injuries of all types.

The Scouts presented the Explorers with stab wounds, compound fractures, heat stroke, third degree burns, deep lacerations, gun shots and seizures. The Explorers had to assess the needs of each patient.

The Scouts volunteer every year at Halloween to be ghouls in a haunted house and they are well prepared to simulate such injuries. This time however, the wounds were different as they were used to educate the community and to help in the training of our police officers.  

Exploring is a program that teaches life skills and “life-saving” skills that are used by police officers and firefighters. The Sheriff’s Department’s Explorer program in Effingham County is just getting established.  

Young people (boys and girls) who are interested should contact Sgt. Ramsey Mannon at the Sheriff’s Department at 754-3449. Boy Scout Troop 691 meets at Zion Lutheran Church on Thursday night at 7 p.m.  For more information, contact Norm Munthe at 728-4678.

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