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WASHINGTON, DC (April 29, 2015) – TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response),  a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous materials transportation incident, today announced the recipients of its 2014 National Awards Recognition Program.

The TRANSCAER® Awards Program recognizes the achievements of individuals, companies and organizations that exceed in advocating, demonstrating and implementing the principles of TRANSCAER at the national and regional levels. These awards include: the National and Regional Achievement Awards; the Distinguished Service Award, TRANSCAER’s highest level of recognition; the Chairman's Award, a special, discretionary award given by the National TRANSCAER Task Group Chairman; The Torch Award, an award recognizing those individuals whose legacy leaves a lasting impact on the TRANSCAER program; and Individual and Certificate of Achievements Awards.

“With a top priority on anhydrous ammonia, chlorine, crude oil, ethanol and rail safety, TRANSCAER’s 2014 training season was able to reach face to face with close to 55,000 emergency responders throughout the US,” said National TRANSCAER Task Group Chair Frank Reiner, of The Chlorine Institute. “The TRANSCAER Awards program allows us to acknowledge and thank our dedicated volunteers for their truly remarkable accomplishments, demonstrated through their continuous efforts to ensure communities are prepared to deal with possible hazardous materials transportation related incidents.”

The 2014 National TRANSCAER® Awards Recipients include:

  • Distinguished Service Award:
    • Henry Ward, The Chlorine Institute
  • National Achievement:
    • BNSF Railway Company
    • CN DG Team, Canadian National Railway
    • Canadian Pacific, Jim Kozey
    • Central CA Traction Company, Dave Buccolo
    • CSX Transportation
    • DANA Transport Inc.
    • Midland Manufacturing
    • Norfolk Southern Corporation, Dave Schoendorfer
    • Olin Corporation
    • Renewable Fuels Association
    • Tanner Industries, Inc.
    • The Chlorine Institute
    • The Dow Chemical Company
    • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Regional Achievement:
    • Kansas City Southern Railway
    • Gene Patten, DANA Transport – TRANSCAER® Region 1 Coordinator
    • Paul Wotherspoon - TRANSCAER® State Coordinator for Florida
  • Chairman’s Award:
    • Scott Etzel, The Dow Chemical Company, TRANSCAER® State Coordinator for California
  • Torch Award:
    • Daniel Mould, CN
    • Harry Hopes, CSX Transportation
    • Jean Ouellette, CN
    • Randy Speight, CHEMTREC®
    • Romano De Simone, CSX Transportation

TRANSCAER also presented additional Individual Achievement Awards to individuals who worked to advance the principles of TRANSCAER and Certificates of Appreciation, given in recognition of assistance at a TRANSCAER event. Many recipients will be presented their awards at a ceremony taking place on 28th Annual AAR/BOE Hazmat Seminar on May 19, 2015 in Addison, TX. 

The full list of current and previous award recipients is available by visiting the TRANSCAER Web site at


TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material transportation incidents. TRANSCAER members include volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and emergency response industries, as well as the government.

TRANSCAER is sponsored by the American Chemistry Council, the Association of American Railroads, CHEMTREC®, The Chlorine Institute, The Fertilizer Institute and the Renewable Fuels Association. For more information on TRANSCAER, visit


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