13 NEWS among those honored for working to prevent childhood injuries

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Safe Kids Kansas Tuesday recognized efforts to prevent childhood injuries and WIBW-TV was honored to be among them.

Safe Kids presented 13 NEWS an award for Outstanding Partnership for Child Safety during their annual meeting. They chose us for our efforts to spread the word about the dangers of hot vehicles.

Stormont Vail Health was also honored as an Outstanding Partner.

A trio of Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers and Pam Kemp of Clay County Emergency Management received Service Recognition Awards.

But the top honor, the Doctor Cooley Award of Excellence, went to retired trooper and traffic specialist Tim McCool, for his decades of work in child safety.

"As a police officer, as a trooper for the highway patrol, you would see tragedy after tragedy out on the highway, and to try and do something to go ahead and make an impact on that and reduce that," he said. "It’s very meaningful."

Also honored Tuesday were kidsandcars.org for their efforts on a new state law protecting good samaritans who rescue kids from hot cars.

Safe Kids Doniphan County was honored as the Local Coalition of the Year.