For Immediate Release: September 11, 2012

State Fire Marshal Director Receives Awards for Outstanding Injury Prevention Efforts

Ransdell received the centers Injury Impact Award

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced today that Kelly Ransdell, deputy director at the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal, and director of Safe Kids North Carolina, has received two injury impact awards from the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center.

Ransdell received the center’s Injury Impact Award for her service to North Carolina through Safe Kids and the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal.

"Kelly alone could be nominated for this award; but knowing Kelly, she would tell you she couldn’t do it without all of the wonderful people who are part of Safe Kids statewide,” said Krista Ragin, research director of the North Carolina Child Fatality Prevention Team. “Whether it’s bringing Safety City to the state fair, melting s’mores in cars to demonstrate how quickly a car can become hot and unsafe, providing car seat safety checks, or bringing safety issues to the legislature, Safe Kids North Carolina has touched countless lives."

Ransdell also received the Program of the Year award for her work with Operation Medicine Drop, a statewide collaborative effort of law enforcement, health and safety, substance abuse prevention and environmental organizations to provide secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications in an effort to prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting the community water supply.

In 2010, Operation Medicine Drop’s first year, 1.4 million dosages of medication were collected for proper disposal through 186 community events. The program’s results continue to grow; in 2012, there were 236 events in 71 counties that collected approximately 7.7 million dosages of medication.

For more than 20 years, Safe Kids North Carolina and its 38 coalitions have provided leadership, education and equipment to keep children in 66 counties safe from injury. For more information, visit