AAA Honors Eight Safety Patrollers Who Saved Fellow Students' Lives.
Business Editors/Education Writers
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 2004
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3. the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, often pronounced "nit-suh") is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, part of the Department of Transportation. , 4,672 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2003 - a decrease of 17 percent from the 5,649 pedestrians killed in 1993. The national pedestrian death rate per 100,000 for children aged 5-14 has fallen by 93 percent since 1935, the first year records were kept. AAA safety experts credit the 84-year-old School Safety Patrol Program with making a strong contribution to this significant improvement.
"On behalf of the 500,000 children nationwide who are school safety patrollers, I am pleased to present these individuals with the Lifesaving Medal," said Marshall Doney, vice president, AAA Automotive. "This award recognizes their remarkable courage and dedication to making our schools and roads safe for all students."
Two of the honorees, Andrew Deem, age 11, and John Hickey, age 10, from Bristow Run Elementary in Bristow, Va., are shining examples of safety patrollers' courage and dedication. On the afternoon of October 14, 2003, Andrew saw a two-year-old boy and his mother pushing a stroller with the boy's younger brother Wiki is aware of the following uses of "'Younger Brother":
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Other Lifesavers have similarly heroic stories:
-- Shawn Rooney, a 13-year-old boy from St. Joseph's School in
Centereach, N.Y., was on patrol on the afternoon of November
18, 2003 when a nine-year-old boy ran out into the street to
catch up with his class. Shawn grabbed the boy by his backpack
and pulled him back from an approaching mini school bus.
-- Josh Wampler, an 11-year-old boy from Weems Elementary School elementary school: see school.
in Manassas, Va., was approaching his bus stop when he heard a
lady screaming to a young boy standing in the middle of the
street. Josh ran to the boy in the middle of the street,
prompting the driver of an approaching car to screech to a
halt when seeing the patroller and child together.
-- Martay Gunnier of Harrah Elementary School in Harrah, Wash.
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without stopping to wait for a clear crossing. Martay pulled
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School in Culpeper, Va., stopped a four-year-old boy from
running out in front of a car leaving its parking space. The
driver later said that they would not have seen the child
without Vinny's quick action.
-- Michael Chobanian, a 13-year-old boy from James Fenimore
Cooper Elementary in Milwaukee, Wis. warned a seven-year-old
girl not to cross just as she darted out into the street. As a
car pulled away from the curb and approached quickly, Michael
grabbed the child and pulled her from its path.
-- Robert H. Clement, a 10-year-old boy from Pfeiffer Elementary
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slipped away from his mother and ran out into the street.
Robert immediately ran into the street, scooping up the boy
and returning to safety while only narrowly escaping oncoming
traffic by an estimated margin of four feet.
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v.intr. , but more importantly, so are the safety patrollers," said Doney. "They are heroes in every sense of the word."
AAA started the national school safety patrol in 1920. Today, the AAA School Safety Patrol is an organization of 500,000 boys and girls boys and girls
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