Willmar Ambulance Service Paramedic, Jim Kroona receives Toward Zero Deaths Star Award

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WILLMAR, MN (September 2017) – Willmar Ambulance Services Paramedic, Jim Kroona, will be receiving the Toward Zero Death Star Award at the upcoming Minnesota Towards Zero Death Conference.

The Toward Zero Deaths Star Award recognizes excellence in enforcement, emergency medical and trauma services, education, engineering, child passenger safety, judicial/court systems, and the media.

Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional creativity, leadership, and organizational skills and the ability to successfully motivate and collaborate with others in efforts to move toward zero deaths on Minnesota’s roads.

Jim was nominated through our region’s safe community coalition called TEST: Traffic Education & Safety Team.

Toward Zero Deaths approach

The Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) approach is based on the belief that even one traffic-related death on our roads is unacceptable. It was first developed in Sweden in 1997 as “Vision Zero” and since then has evolved to several state DOTs, including Minnesota, that have identified zero deaths as a core objective in their Strategic Highway Safety Plans. Minnesota TZD was created in 2003 and is the state’s cornerstone traffic safety program, employing an interdisciplinary approach to reducing traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths on Minnesota roads.  For more details: www.minnesotatzd.org

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