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August 20, 2018
AAA Awards Marquette County Sheriff’s Office with Lifesaving Traffic Safety Grant

Media Advisory
August 20, 2018                                        
Susan Hiltz, Public Affairs Director, Michigan                     Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt
AAA – The Auto Club Group                                                  Marquette County Sheriff’s Office
C: 586.940.0278                                                                      C:  906.235.6546 (Deputy Brian Kurin)                                                                     
AAA Awards Marquette County Sheriff’s Office with Lifesaving Traffic Safety Grant
Presentation Marks AAA’s 25th Anniversary of Awarding Traffic Safety Grants in Michigan
WHO:                  Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt
T. J. Kroupa, Field Manager,  AAA – Alpena Branch
WHAT:                Official AAA Traffic Safety Grant Presentation to
Marquette County Sheriff’s Office - Technical Rescue Unit
                             The event will include the official presentation of a $10,157 AAA Safety Grant to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office’s Technical Rescue Unit in the form of an oversized check.  The grant will fund the purchase of life-saving vehicle stabilization equipment that is used to treat seriously-injured vehicle occupants.
The Technical Rescue Unit has a staff of nineteen rescue technicians.  They are a highbred agency that assists Fire, EMS and Police with a variety of assignments including being the primary vehicle extrication service for a majority of Marquette County.  All of its members have been certified in a Michigan Firefighter’s Training Council approved Vehicle Extrication class.
The Technical Rescue Unit responds to a majority of the vehicle crashes that occur in Marquette County.  They see several accidents each year between large trucks and personal vehicles.  They recently had to use airbags and cribbing to lift garbage trucks off of a car to remove the occupants of the car.  They also used airbags to lift an overturned semi-trailer off of a vehicle to rescue passengers.   With the help of this grant, new heavy lifting bags and cribbing were  purchased for use with similar incidents where  a vehicle has to be lifted to free a passenger or where a loose load has come off and is trapping a victim in a vehicle.  
Last year the rescue unit was called to thirty-six personal injury accidents as the primary extrication unit.  They had an additional seven calls to assist another agency within the county for vehicle extrication.
*Since 1993, the AAA Traffic Safety Grant program has been awarding grants for life-saving equipment throughout Michigan.  Over the years, nearly $1.5 million dollars-worth of traffic safety equipment has been donated to various organizations in the state through 123 individual grants. This is part of AAA’s legacy of traffic safety advocacy efforts for the motoring public. The 80th “Jaws of Life” AAA traffic safety grant was recently awarded in Michigan. The map below reflects all donations as of July 2018.