Patrollers of the year honoured at camp
THORNHILL, ON, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Every year, CAA's School Safety
Patrollers are trained to come to the rescue of students on and off a
This year, approximately 130 patrollers will be taught life-saving
skills during a three day leadership camp at Camp Samac in Oshawa, from
July 17-19. The soon-to-be patrol captains from Barrie, Brant County,
Brantford, London, Orillia, Peel, Peterborough, St. Thomas, Toronto and
Windsor will be taking part in training provided by police officers
from across Ontario. The 10-12 year olds will learn bus and fire
safety, as well as first aid.
Today at Camp Samac, two 12 year olds were recognized with the Patroller
of the Year Award for saving the life of a young girl. In the fall of
2011, Savannah Lightfoot and Zach Mastrandrea, both from Monsignor
Morrison Catholic School in St. Thomas, noticed a car was speeding
toward a crosswalk. A fellow classmate was already a few steps into the
roadway when Savannah reached out and pulled the girl onto the sidewalk
and out of the car's path.
"On behalf of CAA South Central Ontario, it is a privilege to honour
both Savannah and Zach with the School Safety Patroller of the Year
Award," said Leslie Rocha, Community Relations Specialist, CAA SCO.
"The Grade 7 students acted quickly and confidently during an emergency
situation just as they were taught to do so during their annual
Savannah and Zach were presented the award from three time Olympic
Women's Hockey gold medallist, Jennifer Botterill. Long before
Botterill skated for the Canadian Women's Hockey Team she volunteered
as a CAA School Safety Patroller. Today, Botterill shared her own life
lessons as an Olympian, hockey player and former school safety
patroller with the soon-to-be patrol captains.
School safety patrollers dedicate over 3.45 million volunteer hours each
year to community safety. There are currently over 55 police services,
more than 800 schools and over 20,000 elementary school students
involved in the program.
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are
more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5
million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're
Life-side Assistance. Visit www.caasco.com.
SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario
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