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Safe Kids Cherokee County is led by the Cherokee County Fire Department and they are dedicated to preventing injuries:  at home, at play, and on the way.  Some of their community partners are Northside Hospital Cherokee, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, and Corps of Engineers. Over the years this coalition has developed great partnerships that impact the ability to offer car seat safety inspections throughout the county. This would not be possible without the help of the Department of Public Health and many volunteers from the community.

Last month, Safe Kids Cherokee County held a volunteer appreciation event where they recognized Ann and Jim Segers. For the past 30 years, they have dedicated their time with so much compassion in making someone else’s life better.  Safe Kids Cherokee County presented a proclamation commending the Segers’ as the first recipients of the Safe Kids Cherokee County Volunteer of the Year Award. Ann was one of the first Safety Educators in 1988. Looking ahead, a volunteer each year will be recognized with this award in their honor and it holds an elite opportunity for volunteers to show great compassion.

During the volunteer appreciation event, Coalition Coordinator Chief Chad Arp shared his vision for 2020 with injury prevention advocates which will include establishing a Cherokee County Safety Village. That village would consist of various educational scenarios that the children can act out as if they were in real life situations.

To help support this initiative, please contact Safe Kids Cherokee County at 678-493-6290.

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