CHS patrol car dedication finally comes about
The CHS patrol vehicle at the Feb. 25 dedication. CHS Principal Kevin Doran stands at the far left. GCPD Chief J. Ramey and SRO Robinson are at the far right of the photo. (photo by Sean Corcoran/Gaston County Schools)
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
The dedication of the CHS Patrol Car, was scheduled to be put off back in February due to inclement weather, but CHS Principal Kevin Doran said they were actually able to get it done on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Doran said, once everyone got there the entire dedication ceremony took about 30 minutes.
CHS has been slated to be a Service Academy by Gaston County Schools, as has John Chavis Middle School, which feeds in to CHS.
Mr. Doran noted that, in addition to many of the new program’s students, other guests and dignitaries present at the event were Chief Joseph Ramey of the Gaston County Police Department, along with Assistant Chiefs Jentsch and C. Rosselle, Capt. Dover, and, of course, CHS’ own School Resource Officer Robinson.
When asked how many CHS seniors or others have asked to sign up for future law enforcement or criminal justice classes, Mr. Doran said, “The Public Safety class is one of my most popular offerings. We have currently four full sections signed up.”
As for the vehicle, Mr. Doran said, “The vehicle was donated by the Gaston County Police Department. The Cherryville High School Education Foundation funded the decals for the vehicle.
“The vehicle will be used as a training vehicle for our public safety class. It will also be used as a public ‘billboard’ and recruiting tool for the Cherryville High School Public Service Academy.”
It will join the fully functional GEMS ambulance that was given to the school a few years back so future EMTs and others who need to be trained in life-saving techniques can be properly trained on the correct and proper equipment.