Awards were presented during the banquet including Community Agency of the Year, which was given to the Gainesville Fire Department. Patsy Moorehead, a teacher at Fair Street Elementary School, was named Teacher of the Year. Chris Robinson, retired Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy, received the Tim Peebles Volunteer of the Year award, and Debbie Wilburn, retired Hall County Extension Agent and the first Safe Kids Gainesville-Hall County coalition coordinator, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kelley Robertson with the Hall County District Attorney’s Office recapped the events of the past year and presented totals on the number of people served in the community.
“In the last year, Safe Kids members provided an impressive 408 programs and events in the community, reaching an estimated 52,250 children, family members, teachers and caregivers,” she said.
Robertson also reported that more than 5,936 safety devices such as bike helmets, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, child safety seats and life jackets were distributed during those programs. In addition, Robertson spoke about member support of Senate Bill 88, which raised the child restraint age to 8, and the launch of the “Look Before You Lock” program to raise awareness of hyperthermia deaths.
Deb Battle, NGMC Trauma Program Manager, was the keynote speaker. Battle commended Safe Kids for being a leader in the prevention and reduction of trauma related injuries.
“Injury prevention is a huge part of the trauma program,” said Battle. “As we move forward with the program here at NGMC, Safe Kids is an invaluable asset.”
Colonel Mark McDonough, with the Georgia State Patrol, recognized the Lanier Child Passenger Safety Task Force (LCPSTF) instructor team for their work in certifying Georgia State Troopers as child passenger safety technicians. The LCPSTF, which began in 2008 with the certification of Troop B, has expanded their goal of certifying all Georgia State Troopers.
Safe Kids also recognized businesses and organizations that have supported the Coalition’s child injury prevention efforts during the past year. These include:
- Adams Transfer and Storage Co.
- Chestatee High School
- Department of Public Health – Office of Injury Prevention
- Featherbone Communiversity
- Hall County Health Department
- Hayes Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge
- Healthy Families Georgia
- Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
- Jacobs Media
- The Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County
- Lanier Technical College – Practical Nursing Program
- The Medical Center Auxiliary
- The Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
- The Times
For more information about Safe Kids Gainesville-Hall County or any of its safety programs call 770-219-8095 or visit www.safekidsgainesvillehall.org.
This project is funded by The Medical Center Foundation’s Healthy Journey Campaigns. The Medical Center Foundation is an affiliate of Northeast Georgia Medical Center & Health System, and raises funds to improve the health and well being of the people of Northeast Georgia.