The National Safety Council recognized Colorado State Patrol employee Karen Merrill as the 2016 National Law Enforcement Curriculum Alive at 25 Instructor of the Year.
|Left to Right: James Solomon (NSC Training Director), |
Karen Merrill and her granddaughter,
Deborah A.P. Hersman, (NSC Chief Executive Officer)
Karen accepted the award on October 15 at the National Safety Council’s Exposition and Congress in Anaheim, CA.
Karen has been teaching Alive at 25 since 2006. In the last nine years she has taught 146 classes and delivered Alive at 25’s life-saving message to 2,569 young drivers in Colorado. In addition to the classroom setting, Karen has participated in safe driving presentations at high school assemblies. One of only a few civilian instructors in the program, Karen has traveled the state to provide classes in rural areas to spread the message to those communities. She has also provided classes to Colorado Army National Guard members across the state.
Karen draws from a personal traumatic event that involved her unrestrained son being ejected from a vehicle, which motivates her to tell her story and deter other young drivers (and their families) from experiencing a similar incident.
Karen routinely engages in discussions with other law enforcement instructors in her effort to stay current with all policies, laws, and regulations that Alive at 25 requires.
In addition to her lifesaving work as an instructor, Karen has volunteered with the Red Cross and contributed time and effort into fundraising events that benefit local, non-profit charities.