Barney retires, Franklin named as Vermont Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator

WASHINGTON, DC, February 9, 2016 — Nancee Barney, a longtime railroad safety advocate who has led the Vermont Operation Lifesaver program for 12 years, is retiring from the position, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. President and CEO Bonnie Murphy announced. State of Vermont Grant Programs Manager Alan C. Franklin will succeed Barney as state coordinator.

Barney began her career with Operation Lifesaver as a volunteer in 1990, became co-state coordinator in 2003 and was named Vermont state coordinator/executive director in 2004. In addition to expanding the state’s program and improving relationships with law enforcement, Barney has served since 2007 as the state coordinator region 1 representative to the Operation Lifesaver, Inc. National Advisory Council.

A certified Grade Crossing Collision Investigation (GCCI) course instructor since 2003, Barney conducted numerous GCCI classes from 2003-2010 and will continue to be involved with the GCCI program and as an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer and Coach. A leader among the state Operation Lifesaver programs in her region, she managed Operation Lifesaver regional workshops in Burlington, Vermont in 2007 and Mystic, Connecticut in 2013.

“Nancee Barney has long been a champion of rail safety with Operation Lifesaver at the state, regional and national level,” said Murphy. “During her tenure as state coordinator, she reached thousands of Vermonters with lifesaving information for citizens, law enforcement, and emergency responders. We are extremely grateful for her leadership and dedication to improving rail safety.”

Franklin, in addition to his new duties as Vermont Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator, works with the Vermont Agency of Transportation on general rail safety issues and with Amtrak on routes and services for the state. He served as State's Attorney for Orleans County from 2011 to 2015 and before that was a deputy state’s attorney.

“We are pleased to have Alan Franklin as the new Vermont state coordinator,” Murphy said. “We look forward to working with him to ensure the Vermont program’s continued success with rail safety education, outreach and public awareness.”

Franklin can be reached at 802-793-2939 or alan.franklin@vermont.gov. For more information on Vermont Operation Lifesaver, visit http://rail.vermont.gov/about_us/operation_lifesaver.

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