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Dr. Lanny Wilson receives 2016 Operation Lifesaver national safety award

Mon May 23, 2016

Dr. Lanny Wilson, a Hinsdale physician and Vice President of the DuPage County Board of Health, was honored this month by receiving a 2016 national safety award from Operation Lifesaver (OL), a highly respected organization committed to railroad safety in the United States.
OL presented national safety awards highlighting individual achievements in preventing deaths and injuries around tracks and trains to Dr. Wilson and Lynn Selby of Arizona. Dr. Wilson received the OL Champion Award for being a champion of rail safety education to prevent vehicle-train collisions in Illinois and nationally. The awards were presented at a banquet during the Operation Lifesaver Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. 
Linda Kurzawa, President of the Board of Health, said, "Dr. Wilson is a credit to the community and the Board of Health. This award also demonstrates all that he has contributed to rail safety in Illinois and the nation. We are truly proud of him and salute his accomplishments."

Dr. Wilson co-founded the DuPage Railroad Safety Council (DRSC) in 1994 with a mission of eliminating deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railways after his daughter was killed in a crossing collision. Since its founding, the DRSC has contributed to many rail safety improvements in Illinois. Wilson also served as a media spokesman for OL's "See Tracks? Think Train!" safety campaign for drivers and pedestrians.
Dr. Wilson is also presenting at the acclaimed international "Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium 2016" in Helsinki, Finland in June. His presentation is titled: "From Personal Agenda to Creative Advocacy."

Established in 2010 to recognize people inside or outside of the Operation Lifesaver program who advance OL's community safety goals, the OL Champion Award honors an individual who through their work has contributed significantly to the mission of Operation Lifesaver "E" components of rail safety:  education, enforcement and engineering.

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