On Saturday, May 11, 2013 Best Line Powersports/SSRTA held DCNR Youth Certification Training at Best Line Powersports- Centre Hall location. Fourteen students attended the training.
Trainers were George Holt, Eric Brooks, Dave Walker, Marty Wagner & Ty Hostetter. Ed Kitchen , Forest Ranger from Rothrock State Forest also helped with the training and made a presentation. At the end of the class session, Ed invited everyone outside to look at an atv. This was not just any atv, it was an atv that a 16 year old boy lost his life.
The wrecked atv was from Perry County, Tuscarora State Forest. The accident was investigated by Ranger Steve Shaffer. He advised Ed Kitchen that the parents of the youth killed wanted to utilize the atv to help prevent future accidents and deaths.
Parents and students paid close attention to Ed speaking about the incident and how to prevent such things from reoccuring. Hopefully, this class and the atv will have an every lasting impression on those attending the training prevent future accidents.
The rain did not stop the children from having their training and enjoying a great time as well. They seem to all love the mud and enjoyed a lunch provided by Bestline and Snow Shoe Rails to Trails.
At the end of the training all students were presented a temporary certificate to operate an atv and also a SSRT T-Shirt presented by Trilby Mayes (SSRTA President)