(BEDFORD) – The winners of the Bedford Fire Department Fire Prevention poster contest were recognized Wednesday at Bedford Fire Headquarters with a lunch and reception.
Winners from each 5th-grade class were recognized.
The students were asked to create a poster reflecting this year’s theme, “Not every hero wears a cape – Plan & Practice your escape.”
The winners were:
Battalion Chief John Hughes is the Fire Prevention Coordinator. He along with other Bedford firefighters spent time this week visiting elementary schools educating the students about the importance of fire safety and prevention.
Bedford Fire Chief DeWayne Turpen presented Battalion Chief Hughes with a certificate of excellence for his continued contributions to Bedford Fire Prevention Week.
Chief Turpen stated, “It has been an honor to serve alongside John for the past 28 years.”
Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis presented a city proclamation to Battalion Chief John Hughes recognizing the week of October 6, 2019 to be Bedford Fire Prevention Week.
Superintendent for North Lawrence Community Schools Dr. Ty Mungle and Director Lawrence County Emergency Management Valarie Luchauer presented the 5th grade Poster Winners with the awards.
“There is a true sense of community that the school system sees with programs like these,” Mungle said. “What a blessing it is to receive this program in our schools.”
Also recognized at the fire prevention dinner was Good Sports, a long time business sponsor of the program. Crystal and Mike Dixon, along with their staff, were recognized for supporting the fire prevention program through the sponsorship of the Bedford Fire Department annual calendar.
Fire Prevention Coordinator John Hughes stated that each year he likes to recognize one business that has been a supporter of the program and this year he chose Good Sports.
“Without their program sponsors, the awards and reception would not be possible,” Hughes added.