Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Safe Kids Cherokee Holds Annual Appreciation Luncheon

March 20, 2019

Safe Kids Cherokee held their annual Appreciation Luncheon today at the Cherokee County Administrative Offices at The Bluffs in Canton.

Chad Arp, Cherokee County Fire Marshal and Lead Advisor for Safe Kids Cherokee, welcomed everyone to the event and, after a prayer, a delicious lunch was served. 

After lunch, Arp invited the attendees to watch a slide show showing all of the accomplishments that were made through the Safe Kids Cherokee organization during 2018.

After the video, Chad introduced Kathi O’Brien, as the event’s featured speaker.  Kathi has shared her story with thousands of high school students during the annual Ghost Out events that are held at area high schools in the county each year.  On Dec 5th, 2008, Kathi’s son, Tyler, was involved in an automobile accident that took his life.  According to Kathi, Tyler broke every rule in the book regarding driving safe. At the time of his accident, he was speeding, not wearing a seat belt and texting.  Kathi shares her horrific ordeal with students hoping they will take driving an automobile seriously and play it safe while on the highways.

After the speech, Tim Cavender, PIO for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services came forward and spoke about the importance of volunteerism.  He also announced that the members of Safe Kids Cherokee have proposed a new award honoring a member(s) for their service to the organization.  The first recipients of the award were Ann and Jim Segers of Woodstock, Georgia.  Ann and Jim have been involved with Safe Kids Cherokee since its inception and previously worked with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Service for numerous years before retirement.  After they retired, they continued to support Safe Kids Cherokee with their events and activities.  It also was announced that the award would be named in their honor and will be known as the Ann and Jim Segers Volunteer of the Year award.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. Most people are surprised to learn preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the United States.  Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services is the Lead Agency for Safe Kids Cherokee.

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Safe Kids Cherokee Lead Adviser and Cherokee County Fire Marshal, Chad Arp, presents a proclamation to Jim and Ann Segers for being named the Volunteers of the Year for Safe Kids Cherokee.
Safe Kids Cherokee Lead Adviser and Cherokee County Fire Marshal, Chad Arp, presents a proclamation to Jim and Ann Segers for being named the Volunteers of the Year for Safe Kids Cherokee. (click image for slideshow)
The guest speaker for the event was Kathi Obrien who lost her son in an automobile accident in 2005.
The guest speaker for the event was Kathi Obrien who lost her son in an automobile accident in 2005.
A good crowd attended this year's luncheon.
A good crowd attended this year's luncheon.
Chad Arp welcomes everyone to the Safe Kids Appreciation Luncheon.
Chad Arp welcomes everyone to the Safe Kids Appreciation Luncheon.