Operation Lifesaver Films New Safety PSA with New Orleans Saints Kicker

NEW ORLEANS, LA, July 28, 2010 – Garrett Hartley, the kicker for the New Orleans Saints whose last-minute, 40-yard field goal kick sent his team to the 2010 Super Bowl, emphasizes the importance of making safe decisions quickly at railroad crossings in a new public service announcement filmed here.  Rail safety nonprofit Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org) and Hartley teamed up on the project.  

Left to right: Pat Edwards, LA OL, Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints, Carolyn Cook, FRA, Marmie Edwards, OLI

“When you come to a railroad crossing, the decisions you make can mean the difference between life – or death,” says Helen Sramek, President of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. “Garrett Hartley is well-known to fans along the Gulf Coast and nationwide, and we are grateful to him for reminding drivers and pedestrians that it only takes an instant for lives to change.“

The 30-second public service announcement, which includes National Football League footage from Hartley’s historic field goal, will air in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma (Hartley is an Oklahoma graduate). 

In the last decade more than 13,000 people have been injured or killed in highway-rail grade-crossing collisions, according to Federal Railroad Administration statistics.

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver's mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights of way. A national network of volunteers provides free presentations on rail safety. For more information or to request a free safety presentation, visit www.oli.org.

Media Contact

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, email general[at]oli.org or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.

If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.

If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email news[at]oli.org

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. 


National Office

Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024

Fax: 703-519-8267
Email : [email protected]

Media Inquiries: [email protected]

Transit Inquiries: [email protected]

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