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New Leadership Named for Operation Lifesaver Programs in Colorado, Texas
WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2017 — Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) President and CEO Bonnie Murphy announced two new state coordinators for the nonprofit rail safety education organization: Michael (Mike) McCoy is now Colorado Operation Lifesaver state coordinator, succeeding LeeAnn Sterling, who retired; and Dalton (Dal) Tingle is now Texas Operation Lifesaver state coordinator, succeeding his wife, Sally Tingle, who is now Texas OL’s program administrator and media coordinator.
McCoy, a resident of Severance, Colo., was a Hewlett Packard facilities engineer in space planning for much of his career. He also was a teacher of the learning disabled in Iowa, and an administrator at a home for developmentally disabled adults in Colorado. He has been a volunteer and a program developer with his church and other organizations, and recognizes the importance of recruiting and championing volunteers who donate their time to helping others.
“Mike McCoy’s experience with education, community organizations and volunteering make him a great fit to lead Colorado Operation Lifesaver in its ongoing rail safety education efforts,” said Murphy.
Tingle, of Lorena, Tex., worked for 17 years as assistant state coordinator for Texas Operation Lifesaver. Before coming to Texas, Dal and Sally led the Oklahoma Operation Lifesaver program for two years. Dal previously spent seven years with the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City, Okla. He served for more than 29 years in the US Air Force in the fields of training and personnel, retiring with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He also volunteers at the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Waco.
“Dal Tingle is a veteran Operation Lifesaver program director with years of experience as assistant state coordinator, and we are thrilled that he is stepping up to take the lead in Texas,” said Murphy. "We greatly appreciate Sally Tingle’s long service as state coordinator, and are pleased that she will continue to be involved in the Texas program."
Operation Lifesaver state coordinators lead rail safety education programs throughout the United States. These critical roles include managing volunteers and coordinating free safety presentations with various audiences; maintaining key partnerships with state government officials and railroads; working with the media; and providing insight to OLI that guides the organization’s strategic outreach efforts.
About Operation Lifesaver - Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides the public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. OLI will lead a national observance of U.S. Rail Safety Week, September 24-30, 2017. Learn more about U.S. Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.
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About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages.
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