Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

December 4, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Safe Kids Kansas Honors Childhood Injury Prevention Advocates

Elena Nuss Receives Cooley Award of Excellence

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Safe Kids Kansas coalition, with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, held its annual awards ceremony today at the Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka. The statewide coalition recognized childhood injury prevention advocates in Kansas by presenting the following awards: the prestigious Dr. Dennis Cooley Award of Excellence, named in honor of Topeka pediatrician Dr. Dennis Cooley; the Outstanding Partnership for Child Safety award; the Outstanding Coalition Organization award; and the Local Coalition of the Year award. Safe Kids Kansas also presented the Service Recognition award.

This year’s Cooley Award of Excellence was presented to Elena Nuss with the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. The award citation for Nuss reads:

“Elena Nuss has been a passionate advocate for fire and burn safety since the early 1990s.  She has been a member of Safe Kids Kansas since nearly its inception, and served on its Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006, also serving as Board Chair during that time. In addition, she has served in the role as co-chair of the Fire/Burn & Poison committee and volunteered at countless community and state events educating professionals, parents, teachers and children about fire safety.  She has educated hundreds of adults and children on how to use the 9-1-1 emergency system through practice simulation. She has also helped to facilitate the distribution of thousands of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to families across the state.  She is responsible for assisting in the development of Y-Fire coalitions across the state, helping families prevent juvenile fire setting.  Elena is representative to the Safe Kids coalition for FEAK and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.”

Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas, stated, “We thank Elena for her leadership in preventing childhood injury. We are grateful for her support of Safe Kids Kansas and recognize the incredible impact her contributions have had in the lives of Kansas children and their families.”

The 2012 Service Recognition Award was presented to Capt. Mike Hall of the Olathe Fire Department. The following organizations were also recognized at the ceremony:

Outstanding Partnership for Child Safety award was presented to two organizations this year -  the Olathe Fire Department and the Kansas Sports Concussion Partnership

Outstanding Coalition Organization award was presented to, a public safety awareness website for child safety around automobiles.

Local Coalition of the Year award was presented to Safe Kids Wichita Area. 

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