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Dustin Gessert receives a Badge of Courage Award

From his pictures, Dustin Gessert looks like he and actor Bradley Cooper were separated at birth. But Gessert, an officer with the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, made his own headlines recently as the leading man in a rescue story.

On an 85-degree day at the end of May, Officer Gessert was responding to an unrelated child welfare 911 call when he came across what could have been a tragic situation. He had to look twice before he saw the small boy, left alone in a car.

 

Carbon monoxide poisoning

This week, 49 children and staff from Finch Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.

magnet poisoning safety

This week, Safe Kids Worldwide weighed in on an important issue concerning children. And we brought 62 of our closest friends with us.

booster seat safety

As a certified child passenger technician and instructor, working in injury prevention, I frequently hear this question. Not surprising, given tight household budgets and the constantly increasing costs of raising children.

First, let’s look at the things that rule out using secondhand seats, then we can better determine when it’s okay.

Halloween Kid

Halloween has always been a big deal for my family. Looking back now, there was something memorable every year. Sometimes it was a good thing (check out my daughter, Ally, in her homemade bunny suit).

hurricane sandy safety

Our hearts go out to the millions of families who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are so grateful to emergency personnel who are working around the clock to make things better.

If there is one thing this “storm of the century” has taught us, it’s the importance of planning ahead and being safe.

Champions Image

Our kids don't have lobbyists or political action committees. In this election cycle, they can't vote. But their voices, and those of their parents, must be heard.

Fire Safety

I was almost ready to move into a charming, just perfect home discovered for me by my wonderful friend and realtor, Nancy. We were walking from room to room, discussing all of the final decorating touches that would transform this beautiful condo into my dream home.

National Fire Prevention Week

Our partners at the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are dedicated to educating children and families about fire safety. Now that it’s National Fire Prevention Week, USFA Fire Program Specialist Teresa Neal wanted to share a few messages and one very important challenge.

safe kids day capitol hill

Thursday was Safe Kids Day on Capitol Hill. We held a bipartisan event on September 20 to educate Senators, Members of Congress and their staff about the risks that kids face and the challenges parents have in preventing unintentional injury, the #1 killer of kids in America.

Car seat safety

Thirty-two years ago, my first daughter, Jennifer, was born. When it was time to leave the hospital, she was placed lovingly in the back seat of our car, resting comfortably in a very nice but hardly secure Moses basket.

That's right. Just a basket resting on the back seat.

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