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04/26/2018TRANSCAER HONORS VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS
For Immediate Release
April 26, 2018
TRANSCAER HONORS VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS
WASHINGTON (April 26, 2018) – Moving the needle on safety requires a strong team effort and the unwavering support of many safety professionals. That is why TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is pleased to recognize the terrific work and dedication of its volunteers by announcing our 2017 award recipients in appreciation for their outstanding commitment to helping emergency responders across the country.
“Fostering a strong partnership between devoted volunteers is at the heart of what we do at TRANSCAER, and it is only by sustaining this strong partnership that we are able to fulfill our mission to support emergency responders and communities across the country,” said Keith Silverman, chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group and vice president global operations, quality and EHS at Ashland. “We are extremely grateful to the individuals, companies and organizations who have gone above and beyond to provide vital hazmat training to close to 45,000 emergency responders last year at hundreds of events across North America.”
TRANSCAER conducts training events and provides resource materials for emergency responders throughout the year to help communities prepare for transportation incidents involving crude oil, ethanol, anhydrous ammonia, chlorine and a variety of hazardous materials. To make all of this happen, the program relies on the help of volunteers from chemical producers, transportation carriers, distribution, industry associations, emergency response personnel and industries, responders and government agencies.
The TRANSCAER Awards Program recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that go the extra mile to advance safety through their support of TRANSCAER. Award recipients are selected for their exceptional effort and achievements in helping to prepare emergency responders and the communities where they serve.
The 2017 National Awards Recognition Program include: 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 National and Regional Achievement Awards, the TORCH Award, an award for longtime dedicated volunteers who have retired; and the Individual Achievement and Certificate of Appreciation Awards.
This year there were 51 Individual Achievement Awards and 131 Certificates of Appreciation Awards with the top honors going to the following recipients:
• Distinguished Service Award
o Rollie Shook, The Dow Chemical Company
• Chairman’s Award
o Frank Reiner, The Chlorine Institute
• National Achievement
o BNSF Railway
o Canadian National Railway
o CSX Transportation
o DANA Transport Inc.
o Norfolk Southern Corporation
o Renewable Fuels Association
o Tanner Industries, Inc.
o The Chlorine Institute
o The Dow Chemical Company
o Union Pacific Railroad
• Regional Achievement
o Glen Rudner/Norfolk Southern
o Kansas City Southern Railway/Kansas City Southern Mexico
- Torch Award
- Michael Bethge, CSX Transportation
- Frank Lerch, Union Pacific Railroad
- Barry Lindley DuPont/ Chemours
- Thomas Keefer DuPont/ Chemours
- Bill Burke DuPont/Chemours
- Charlie Baldwin DuPont/Chemours
- Ed Kozey DuPont/Chemours
- Mike Lacy DuPont/Chemours
- John Smoot DuPont/Chemours
- Suzanne Lackey, DuPont/Chemours
- Mike Stephenson, The Dow Chemical Company/Benjamin Moore & Co.
The full list of current and previous award recipients is available by visiting the TRANSCAER website at https://www.transcaer.com/awards/past-award-recipients.
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