The National SAFE KIDS Campaign honored Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association Executive Director Bob Wall with the Champion of SAFE KIDS Award at the National SAFE KIDS Campaign Annual Leadership Conference October 25. Wall was honored at the “SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP” awards luncheon for his enduring dedication to child passenger safety. He was recognized for numerous achievements, starting with his career as a police officer.
As a Master Police Officer, Wall worked with the Fairfax County Police Department, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign’s Operation ABC and countless other partners to develop child passenger safety curricula and programs.
He was recognized for coordinating the first regional child safety seat checkup in Washington, D.C. in 1989, where he worked simultaneously with police departments in 10 locations.
Throughout his career, Wall recognized the need for better officer training and as a result, developed various child passenger safety curricula. In 1995, he launched a peer-to-peer training program, Operation Kids, which has since become the cornerstone of other child passenger safety awareness curricula.
Wall was acknowledged for his efforts to improve the standardized child passenger safety course and certification program in Fairfax County, VA. He was applauded for teaching representatives from automobile manufacturers, child restraint manufacturers, NHTSA, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and a network of CPS technicians and instructors.
He was honored for numerous achievements, including his selfless and comprehensive work with the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and its original CPS Update-Refresher Class. As an original member of the Washington Regional Child Passenger Safety Team, Wall has set the precedent for child passenger safety efforts across the country.
SAFE KIDS BUCKLE UP is a multimillion-dollar child passenger safety program that began in 1996 to keep kids safe in motor vehicles. It is a partnership between the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, General Motors Corporation and the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury — the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. Three hundred state and local SAFE KIDS coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico comprise the campaign.