Aaron Kleinschmidt speaks about Operation Life Saver

OPERATION LIFE SAVER. Aaron Kleinschmidt, a locomotive engineer with Norfolk Southern Railroad.

The Carmi Kiwanis Club met on January 11. Club President, Holly Healy, welcomed all guests including Key Club members from Carmi-White County High School. Club member Scott Johnson was the winner of the Split the Pot drawing.

Club member Toby Brown shared good news that the Carmi Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Gala will feature the music of Rob Endicott. Rob is a gifted musician who attended the Julliard School of Music. The gala will be held February 10 at the Elks Lodge.

President Holly Healy announced that the club’s Pancake Day will be February 17 from 7:00-11:00 AM at Washington School. Advanced tickets can be purchased from any club member for $5. Tickets will be available at the door for $7. The club also welcomed Luke Sailor, inducting him as its newest member.

Club member Adam Winkelman introduced the speaker for the day, Aaron Kleinschmidt, a locomotive engineer with Norfolk Southern Railroad. Aaron has been employed with Norfolk Southern for the last sixteen years. He presented a national safety program called Operation Life Saver.

In 2017, 333 million vehicles passed over railroad crossings in the United States. During that time, there were 760 incidents and over 200 lost lives. Sadly, many of those deaths were suicide. In the state of Illinois, 42 people were killed at railroad crossings in 2017. Illinois has over 10,000 railroad crossings, ranking them at the top with Texas and California.

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