(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI),
the national rail safety education nonprofit, today named Jennie Glasgow, State Coordinator of Georgia Operation Lifesaver,
as the recipient of its 2021 Champion Award in recognition of over 40 years advancing rail safety education. OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh
announced the award during the 2021 Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Summit in Omaha, Neb.
OLI established the Champion Award in 2010 to recognize a person who "champions" and advances the organization's community safety goals. The award honors an individual who, through their work, contributes significantly to the mission in any of the three "E" components of rail safety: education, enforcement or engineering.
"In her 14 years as a volunteer and 33 years as Georgia Operation Lifesaver's first and only state coordinator, Jennie Glasgow has raised the organization's profile through her connections with state and national government executives, sports teams, corporations and other nonprofits, all while expanding the organization's reach and partnerships," said Maleh
. "On behalf of OLI, I am proud to recognize Jennie for her decades of service saving lives and making communities safer in Georgia and across the U.S.," she stated.
"What a thrill to be acknowledged and recognized by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. with this prestigious Award! I can only hope that I might have made a difference in someone's life by providing them with information that has kept them from making a wrong decision at a highway-railroad crossing and perhaps thereby saving their life," Glasgow said. "Being involved with Operation Lifesaver has been an honor. I will always remain an advocate for railroad and traffic safety. Thank you for this honor!"
Glasgow's involvement in safety issues began in 1969, when she started the "Bee a Buckler" Safety Program, a nonprofit effort to educate the public about the importance of using safety belts and other safe driving practices. The Georgia Safety Council, which found Georgia Operation Lifesaver in 1974, that year asked her to include railroad safety in "Bee a Buckler" volunteer presentations to schools and civic organizations. In 1988, Glasgow was named the first paid fulltime Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator.
Appointed by five Georgia governors to the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders (NAWSHL). Glasgow serves as NAWSHL historian and is a past president of the nonprofit highway safety organization. She served as a Community Heroes Torchbearer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in recognition of her outstanding community leadership and received a 1995 Lifetime Achievement Award from the SafeAmerica Foundation for over 40 years promoting railroad crossing safety.
About Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc
. is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of train volunteers give free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, "See Tracks? Think Train!"
provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more about Rail Safety Week
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