OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2013 - Operation Lifesaver is seeking nominations for the Roger Cyr Award presented to recognize a rail safety hero whose tireless efforts to improve safety at highway/ railway crossings helped reduce trespassing incidents in Canada in 2012. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

Dan Di Tota, national director of Operation Lifesaver, said the winner will be announced during Rail Safety Week from April 29 to May 5.

The Roger Cyr Award for Public-Rail Safety, named after the founder of OL in Canada, recognizes presenters, supporters and volunteers for their work, encourages others to implement new initiatives and is specific to outstanding achievement last year. Best practices collected during the award process are shared broadly with Operation Lifesaver, Transport Canada and Railway Association of Canada stakeholders and partners.

About Operation Lifesaver
Established in Canada in 1981, Operation Lifesaver is a national public-rail safety program sponsored by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada. Through partnerships with provincial safety councils, police, railways, the trucking industry and community groups, Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to saving lives by educating Canadians about the hazards surrounding highway/railway crossings and trespassing on railway property.

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