SVMC nursing assistant honored for work in child safety

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BENNINGTON — Deborah Yanke, a licensed nursing assistant with the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, has won a statewide award for her work in helping parents and caregivers make proper use of child safety seats, the hospital has announced.

Yanke received the Vermont Department of Health's Child Passenger Safety Healthcare Tech of the Year Award at the Vermont Child Passenger Safety Annual Technician Update in September at the Howe Center in Rutland.

Vermont Child Passenger Safety Technicians provide hands-on education to parents and caregivers to make sure that their children are in the right seat for their age and size and that the seat is installed and being used correctly. Many child safety seats are used or installed incorrectly, even though parents and caregivers want to keep their children safe. Inspections by child passenger safety technicians provide caregivers with the knowledge and peace of mind to keep kids as safe as possible on every trip.This year, eight technicians and fitting stations were recognized for their service to their communities. They represent volunteers and staff of fire departments, rescue squads, and sheriff departments statewide.

Each was honored for their dedication to keeping Vermont's children safe through educating parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and all people that have a part in a child's life. Visit for more information.



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