Thirteenth Annual Child Safety Advocate Awards Ceremony Honors
Indiana’s Child Safety Advocates
June 6, 2008) –
The accidental injury death rate of children 14 and under has declined
by 45 percent in the United States since 1987, yet accidental injury
remains the nation’s leading killer of kids, according to a new national
report release by Safe Kids USA.
losing too many children to an epidemic that can be prevented,”
said Mitch Stoller, president
and chief executive officer of Safe Kids USA.
“The 45 percent drop demonstrates tremendous progress, but we
can’t lose sight that accidental injury remains the leading killer of
our nation’s kids and that many of these injuries can be prevented.”
drop in children’s accidental deaths gives us
thousands of reasons to celebrate – one for every single child that was
saved from a serious or fatal injury,” said
Autumn McNichols, Safe Kids Indiana’s State Coordinator.
we’re still losing too many kids in this country, which is why Safe Kids
Indiana joins the national
efforts to make child injury prevention a priority and recognizes
those individuals who go the extra mile in keeping children safe.”
On June 2nd, in conjunction with the 2009 Indiana
Injury Prevention Conference held in Indianapolis, Safe Kids Indiana and
the Automotive Safety Program honored the efforts of those persons and
organizations in Indiana who exhibit a true dedication to the prevention
of injuries and deaths to Hoosier children by presenting them with a
Child Safety Advocate Award.
Other award winners include the following: Angela Biddle-Marion County
Traffic Violations Bureau; John Brock-Safe Kids Fulton County; Brandon
Halleck-CHANCES for Indiana Youth; Harrison County Hospital EMS; and
Tammy Pairitz-The Women’s Care Center.
were six winners selected for this prestigious award. Among the winners
was Alice Blakesley, the
co-coordinator of Safe Kids St. Joseph County. Alice was nominated
for this award by Ron Melser. “Alice is committed to giving back to St.
Joseph County and surrounding communities. She has volunteered hundreds
of hours for Safe Kids and other safety events throughout the county and
has collaborated with local groups to once again make Safe Kids St.
Joseph County a strong program”, said Melser. “As co-coordinator of Safe
Kids St. Joseph County,
Alice has taken a serious approach to her leadership role. Believing in
the power of the
grassroots movement, she
has taken every opportunity to apply for grants that will help keep the
children of her community safe. Alice leads local fundraising efforts
for the group, and she is always looking for creative ways to help
families and children. Alice participates in research
opportunities and works to critically evaluate proposed programs to
reduce injury to children. She is
a true advocate for children locally and statewide. She does this work
without ever looking for self-promotion. Her focus and drive sets a
standard that would be difficult, if not impossible, for others to