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River Falls car seat technician recognized for outstanding service

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 09/04/2014

A car seat technician from River Falls has been named the Wisconsin Child Passenger Safety technician of the year.

Mary Waters at the conference with her award

Mary Waters at the conference with her award.

Mary Waters, EMT/first responder for River Falls Ambulance Services, was presented with a plaque at the 40th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety in Green Bay, Wis., on August 27 and 28.

She was nominated by Cyndy Bayer, trauma coordinator at River Falls Area Hospital, who works closely with Waters—an NHTSA certified Child Passenger Safety technician for 11 years—to offer car seat clinics and individual appointments through the hospital to parents to ensure their children are best protected by appropriately fitted and sized car seats.

"Mary has a passion for preventing injuries, especially in children," Bayer wrote in her nomination. "Mary is a calm, steady leader. She continually seeks to improve her knowledge base and inspires others to do the same. Mary was instrumental in developing the car seat safety program in the West Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council. She was able to provide a foundation and her expertise to all the technicians who followed her lead. She continues to collaborate with River Falls Area Hospital, Regions Hospital and the West Central RTAC."

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the number one cause of death and fatalities of children. Child passenger safety advocates promote the safe transportation of children by using child restraints and educating parent/caregivers on using car seats and boosters correctly.

NOTE: To celebrate national Seat Check Saturday on September 20, parents are invited to attend a car seat check-up at River Falls Emergency Medical Services at 175 East Cedar Street. The event to mark the close of national Child Passenger Safety Seat Week will be held from 9am-noon on Saturday, September 20. Drop-ins are welcome, although appointments are preferred. Book yours at 715-307-6169.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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