January 08, 2016
On December 4, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office recognized KCSR locomotive engineer Stephen Prator, Jr. with its Friends of Safety Town Award for service to the community by promoting rail safety education at Sheriff’s Safety Town and through the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Deputy Program. Prator, Jr. is the son of Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator who in 2008 founded Sheriff’s Safety Town as the first and only permanent program in Louisiana to promote early childhood safety education.
In addition to working as a locomotive engineer, Prator, Jr. is an authorized volunteer for Operation Lifesaver, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1972 and dedicated to rail safety public education. Prator has presented the Operation Lifesaver message to 13 Sheriff’s Auxiliary Deputy classes and volunteered 100+ hours to maintaining the railroad safety exhibit at Sheriff’s Safety Town. The exhibit includes a functioning railroad crossing used to teach children the importance of practicing safe habits around railroad tracks.
The award was presented at KCSR’s Shreveport Yard during the KCS Holiday Express visit. If you would like to help promote public safety as an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer, more information is available here.