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Operation Lifesaver Canada honors New Brunswick Southern's Johnston with annual safety award


Operation Lifesaver  Canada recently presented New Brunswick Southern Railway's Lorrie Johnston the 2008 Roger Cyr Award.

Named after former Operation Lifesaver Canada National Director and Canadian National Railway Co. general claims manager Roger Cyr, the new award recognizes individuals whose efforts help reduce grade crossing collisions and trespassing accidents.

Johnston, who joined New Brunswick Southern Railway 10 years ago, is involved with the short line's operations and safety. She works closely with communities, schools, bus drivers, trucking companies, governments and industries to promote safety, OLI said. For example, Johnston organizes an annual fourth grade train ride, prepares OLI presentations for school bus drivers and arranges mock accident/incident scenarios.

Along with Eastern Maine Railway, New Brunswick Southern Railway operates a former 189-mile Canadian Pacific Railway mainline between Saint John, New Brunswick, and Brownville Junction, Maine.

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