Clinton Couple Wins Two National Safety Awards
John and Kay Brodbeck, owners of Mississippi Safety Services, were both recognized recently at the national level for their work in the safety profession, working to reduce injuries and save lives on Mississippi’s roads for over 30 years.
Mrs. Brodbeck was presented the Peter K. O’Rourke Award at the annual conference of the Governors Highway Safety Association in Louisville, Kentucky. The award was one of three given nationwide for innovative and effective programs that reduce the loss of life on America’s roadways. The program recognized was the Teen Driver Impact Program which is coordinated by Mrs. Brodbeck with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Mississippi and Mississippi Safe Kids. The Clinton Fire Department and Mississippi Department of Transportation also assist with the training.
The Teen Driver Impact Program gives young drivers techniques and motivation for being safe and responsible drivers along with a view of the hospital trauma department, medical transport by helicopter and the impact of injuries and rehabilitation. Classes are held monthly.
Many students are referred by courts when teens have moving violations. According to Mrs. Brodbeck, “It’s been exciting to teach the Teen Driver Impact classes because the students respond so positively and commit to making very significant changes in their driving. This class is an ideal combination of WHY to be safer drivers and HOW to be safer.”
Mr. Brodbeck was honored with the Distinguished Service to Safety Award in transportation safety by the National Safety Council. This honor is a lifetime achievement award and was presented at the 2017 National Safety Congress held in Indianapolis, Indiana, with over 15,000 attendees. Due to his illness, the award was accepted by Mrs. Brodbeck.
Mr. Brodbeck, a Certified Safety Professional (C.S.P.), served as head of the Safety Department at Delphi Packard Electric in Clinton, was master trainer for Defensive Driving Courses of the National Safety Council and served on the International Advisory Committee for driver improvement courses. John taught 968 4-hour driving courses for 30 years to thousands of drivers in Mississippi. He was also editor of the Motor Fleet Safety Manual which was published by the National Safety Council and used as a college textbook and in practical applications by fleet managers. Mr. Brodbeck has served as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (Mississippi), Chairman of the Board for Mississippi Blood Services, Chairman of the Transportation Division of the National Safety Council, a volunteer fire fighter and instructor for first aid and CPR classes.
Mississippi Safety Services is located in Clinton and can be reached at 601-924-7815, or by email to info@MSsafety.com. More information is at www.MSsafety.com.
Kay Brodbeck of Clinton (2nd from left) accepts safety award from the Governors Highway Safety Association with other winners from Washington, North Carolina and Florida.