Osage City student is 1 of 3 northeast Kansas safety poster winners

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Austin Lamb receives a bicycle as a prize in a statewide poster contest during a special ceremony at Osage City Elementary School that included his parents, KDOT officials, and local law enforcement officers.

Eight-year-old Austin Lamb, of Osage City, is one of three northeast Kansas regional winners in the 2016 Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day poster contest. As a regional winner, Austin received a bicycle and a bicycle helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas at a morning presentation Nov. 15, at the Osage City Elementary School.

The story behind Austin’s poster is a powerful one. On Aug. 8, 2016, on his way out the door to work, Austin’s dad, Richard, an Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy, reminded him to take the trash out. Within minutes after leaving home, Richard was driving through an intersection just a half-block away when a vehicle crashed into his truck. The impact from the crash rolled the deputy’s truck onto its side trapping him inside. Austin who was taking out the trash at that time watched the crash as it unfolded. He first went inside to tell his mom and then immediately ran to the scene to check on his dad and the other driver to see if they were injured. Later on Austin told his mom Nancy that he was very scared at the time, but knew he had to hold it together.

When his mom arrived at the incident scene, Austin provided a full situation report of what had occurred, who was involved, and the current status of his dad and the other driver. Austin kept it emotionally together until the first responders freed his father from the truck, and at that moment he broke down. Fortunately, both drivers walked away with only minor injuries.

A total of 824 poster contest entries were received from across Kansas with 18 students receiving regional honors and three students receiving statewide honors. The poster contest helps bring awareness to all ages for the need to reduce fatalities on our nation’s highways. Organizations that work together on this safety campaign include the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Turnpike Authority, Kansas Highway Patrol, AAA of Kansas, Kansas Contractors Association, Kansas Family Partnership, Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. A copy of Austin’s winning poster is included below.

Here is Austin’s poster:

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The two additional northeast Kansas regional poster contest winners include Evangeline Ensign, 6, of Olathe, and Sierra de Koning, 12, Axtell. Sierra de Koning is also one of three statewide winners.

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce all traffic fatalities. For more information, on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, visit www.brakesonfatalities.org. For other information, contact Kimberly Qualls, Northeast KDOT public affairs manager, at 785-640-9340.

See related story here: Deputy’s truck, passenger car collide in Osage City intersection

Information thanks to KDOT.


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