Roger Cyr Award For Public Safety



    OTTAWA, April 28 /CNW/ - A Hamilton man, Tom Allan, has been selected as
Operation Lifesaver's 2009 Roger Cyr Award winner, presented to individuals
who reduce highway-railway crossing collisions and trespass incidents.
    Mr. Allan, an Operation Lifesaver volunteer presenter since October of
2004, was knighted into the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem in 2007 for some
40 years of service and around 25,000 hours of volunteer work. He was St. John
Ambulance's chief training officer for Canada and retired as CN's Manager of
First Aid and Safety.
    The announcement was made by Dan Di Tota, national director of OL, during
Rail Safety Week April 27-May 3. Last year's winner was Lorrie Johnston of
Saint John, N.B., a 10-year veteran of the New Brunswick Southern Railway
short line.
    Operation Lifesaver was launched in Canada on Sept. 23, 1981, with the
appointment of Mr. Cyr , a 41-year veteran of the railway industry, to the
position of national director. He was manager of general claims in the law
department of Canadian National, responsible for supervising the investigation
and settlement of claims relating to crossing accidents across Canada and
within six U.S. states.
    Award nominees have to be certified Operation Lifesaver presenters,
associates and/or volunteers. The selection panel for the award consists of
members of the Operation Lifesaver Program Review Committee.
    Operation Lifesaver has helped reduce highway/railway crossing collisions
by 74 per cent and has seen significant reductions in trespassing incidents
since its founding. The program is co-sponsored by Transport Canada and the
Railway Association of Canada. It is run in cooperation with other national
and provincial safety organizations, police and public service groups.




For further information:

For further information: Roger Cameron, Railway Association of Canada,
(613) 564-8097, rogerc@railcan.ca; Sean Rushton, Transport Canada, (613)
991-6031, Sean.rushton@tc.gc.ca


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