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Nov. 18, 2016

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Duluth Fire Department employee receives Toward Zero Deaths award at state conference in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Laura Owen, Duluth Fire Department, received the Child Passenger Safety Star Award at the statewide Toward Zero Deaths conference Nov. 16-17 in Duluth for her efforts to increase the use and knowledge of child passenger safety.

Star Awards recognize those who display excellence in TZD’s emphasis areas of enforcement, emergency medical and trauma services, education, engineering, child passenger safety and judicial/court systems. Recipients have shown leadership and commitment in efforts to improve traffic safety throughout the state and build partnerships with others working towards the same goal.      

Owen was the first CPS instructor in the Duluth area. She supports traffic safety organizations such as Safe Kids NE Minnesota and Driving 4 Safe Communities coalition. She organized monthly child safety seat checks and clinics in her area.

“I am heart felt and honored to be recognized for this award,” said Owen. “I truly enjoy providing car seat education to our community and the people I have had the honor to work with have helped make CPS a passion of mine.”

Over the last 15 years, Owen trained more than 325 technicians and 120 practitioners. She mentored seven technicians to become instructors and certified hundreds of daycare and foster care providers.

The TZD program is an interdisciplinary partnership with the state departments of health, transportation and public safety.

Learn more about TZD, including a full list of award recipients, at www.minnesotatzd.org.