When the citizens of Worcester, Massachusetts, found out that Lt. Annmarie Pickett had been chosen the 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year and would receive the award at NFPA Conference they wanted to give her a sendoff she would never forget.
Not only was she given the key to the city at a recent city council meeting, she was also honored with a video tribute . The six-minute video highlights her work and includes on-camera testimonials from the mayor, city manager, the fire chief, staff and participants of the Worcester Senior Center, and her mom.
Lt. Pickett talked to me later about how much she loves her job and how touched she was by the video. She says she is grateful for all of the training and support she has gotten throughout her career from NFPA and other groups and organizations. She has used both Learn Not to Burn® and the Remembering When™ program in her work.
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She has fostered a partnership between two groups at high-risk of fire: older adults and young children, forming an intergenerational partnership between the senior center and a nearby elementary school.
She received the educator of the year award from NFPA Board of Directors Chairman Ernest Grant in a ceremony during the conference general session.
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