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1st annual Children’s Safety Village Gala

On September 30th, 2017, the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is holding its 1st annual Children’s Safety Village Gala fundraiser.

This event will have a live & silent auction, entertainment, and we will be honoring local people who have made significant contributions to community safety and/or who have shown a remarkable response in emergency situations. The Children’s Safety Village will be accepting nominations for the following:

Ron Keddie Award for Excellence in the Fire Service

Ron Keddie was a New York State Fire Instructor as well as the Chautauqua County Fire Service Training Coordinator. He had a passion for fire service that was difficult to rival. He attempted to instill that passion in all of his students‚ as well as in anyone else who would listen. Ron loved to work with children and routinely taught fire prevention to children at local schools‚ youth groups‚ and the Children’s Safety Village. Ron also helped develop the fire prevention curriculum that is used today.  He served the Sheridan Fire Department in the offices of president‚ chief for two terms‚ and as a fire commissioner in his third term. Through the course of his career‚ he also served on countless committees.  Ron passed away on June 27‚ 2012‚ at the age of 64.
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Kevin Link Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement

Kevin Link was a deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office who passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2016. He served as a member of the Chautauqua County SWAT Team, Dive Team, and was a certified EMT. Kevin also worked part time as an EMT for the ALSTAR Ambulance Service. He worked as a school resource officer at Cassadaga Central Schools, BOCES – LoGuidice Center, and most recently, Kevin served as the School Resource Officer for Silver Creek Schools, where his passion to help each student reach their fullest potential was his ultimate goal.  Kevin also played a key role in the Safety Village Internet Safety Program that is used today.
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Madelyn Petscher Award for a child who has demonstrated Bravery and Heroism

Madelyn Petscher’s home burned to the ground in January 2012 when she was 6 years old, but thanks to her insistence and her dog’s intuition, the entire family survived.  Madelyn had visited the Children’s Safety Education Village and learned about the importance of having a family fire escape plan. Just a few months before the fire, she convinced her parents to develop such a plan, which helped them all escape unharmed.  They tragically lost their dog Nana who noticed the smoke and woke Madelyn’s father. They were then able to follow plan they had made.

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  • Ron Keddie Award for Excellence in the Fire Service
    The Excellence in Fire Safety Award honors those who have unselfishly contributed to the greater good by dedicating themselves to fire safety and saving the lives of others.  It is to commemorate their exemplary talents and unselfish acts in the field, leadership, compassion and dedication.  This award has been named after Ron Keddie who embodied all of these qualities throughout his career.

  • Kevin Link Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement
    The Excellence in Law Enforcement award was developed to honor those who have served the law enforcement and public safety professions generously and unselfishly. It is to commemorate exemplary talents and contributions as demonstrated by the nominee’s dedication, loyalty, ability and integrity. This award has been named after Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Link who embodied all of these qualities throughout his professional career.

  • Madelyn Petscher Award for a child who has demonstrated Bravery and Heroism.
    The Madelyn Petscher Award was developed to honor children ages 13 and under who have demonstrated bravery, heroism and have used the knowledge they have learned to help others in an emergency situation. It is to commemorate their contributions to the safety of others. This award has been named after Madelyn Petscher who embodied these qualities at a very young age.