Safe Kids Worldwide Honors Badge of Courage Recipients

Heatstroke is the number one cause of non-crash vehicle-related deaths for children ages 14 and under.

Just this year 39 children have died in cars due to a heatstroke making it 700 deaths since 1998. To prevent these deaths, Safe Kids Worldwide encourages all citizens to take action and call 911 if they ever see a child alone in a car. Citizens who take action play an active role in protecting children. Together we can make a difference.

We would like to thank the following individuals who courageously took action in their own community to save the life of a child who was alone in a car and could have died from heatstroke. These individuals received the Safe Kids Worldwide Badge of Courage Award.

P.O. Randy Ferrell
Ballwin Police Department
Ballwin, Missouri

Lt. Jordan McQueen
Laurinburg Fire Department
Laurinburg, North Carolina

Firefighter B.P. Simms
Laurinburg Fire Department
Laurinburg, North Carolina

Deputy Matthew Slater
Kaufman County Sheriff Department
Kaufman, Texas

The Safe Kids Worldwide Badge of Courage program recognizes local heroes from across the country who have helped rescue children from hot cars to prevent heatstroke. If you know someone who has taken action, please contact your local coalition.