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Forum staff reports, Published October 27 2010

Moorhead firefighter, officer receive award after efforts to reduce traffic accidents

Moorhead firefighter Dan Schoonhoven and Moorhead police Lt. Joel Scharf have been recognized for their efforts to reduce the number of deaths on Minnesota roads.

The Toward Zero Deaths Star Award is given to those who demonstrate exceptional creativity, leadership, organizational skills and the ability to successfully motivate and collaborate with others in efforts to move toward zero deaths on Minnesota’s roads.

Schoonhoven received the award for his work with driver’s education students, schools and work sites.

He developed a signature seat-belt talk in 1997 that reaches more than 2,000 driver’s education students in the region each year.

Scharf was recognized for his work as coordinator of the multi-agency “Safe and Sober” traffic safety enforcement campaigns in Clay County.