MIDDLEBURY — Fire Marshal Jack Proulx recently announced the winners of the 2020-21 Fire Prevention Poster Contest.
Cash prizes donated by the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department were announced by Deputy Fire Marshal Brian Proulx and presented by Chief Bret Kales to the four winners at a private meeting at Fire Headquarters on December 22.
The first-place winners are Katlyn Lin, fourth grade, and Hanna Evans, fifth grade, both from Long Meadow Elementary School. Second-place winners are Mason Blinstrubas, fifth grade, and Ripley Whitcomb, fourth grade, both from LMES.
The first place winners from each participating town will be submitted for judging at the county level. Four winners will be selected from each county, two from fourth grade and two from fifth grade, and each will receive a $150 savings bond.
These winners become eligible for the state contest. One of the 32 finalists will be selected as the state winner. The state winner will receive an additional $750 cash prize and the school will receive a $500 grant.
The winning poster will be reproduced and distributed as the official Fire Prevention poster and will be displayed at the State Capitol building during the month of October, National Fire Prevention Month.
The State Winner will be announced in March at the awards luncheon. All 32 finalists, their parents, teachers, principals and fire marshals are invited.
The annual Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest, started in 1984, is a cooperative effort of the Bureau of State Fire Marshal, the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, the Connecticut Public Fire Education Association and the Connecticut FAIR Plan.
Fire continues is a leading cause of death and injury. Through fire prevention education and community participation many fires can be prevented.