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Allan takes home 'Roger Cyr' award in Canada


Operation Lifesaver of Canada recently named Tom Allan the winner of the 2009 Roger Cyr Award, which recognizes individuals who reduce grade crossing collisions and trespassing incidents.

An Operation Lifesaver volunteer since October 2004, Allan has logged about 25,000 hours of volunteer work. He previously was the chief training officer in Canada for St. John Ambulance and retired as CN's manager of first aid and safety.

The award is named after Roger Cyr, a 41-year rail industry veteran who launched Operation Lifesaver in Canada in 1981. Cyr was manager of general claims in CN’s law department.

Operation Lifesaver aims to reduce crossing collisions by 74 percent and has noted significant trespassing incident reductions since its founding. The organization is co-sponsored by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada, and is run in cooperation with other national and provincial safety organizations, police and public service groups.

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