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<br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />Monday, June 21, 2010 <br />3:30PM <br /> <br />Contact: Carl Littrell, Dept. of Public Works, 574- 235-5951, or <br /> MaryAnn Myers, Mayor’s Office, 574-235-5849 <br /> <br />2010 EVAN J. SEARS AWARD <br />RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED <br /> <br />Today, James Herman was awarded the 2010 Evan J. Sears Award and Scholarship. This <br />award was created in honor of Evan J. Sears, an intern with the Bureau of Traffic and Lighting, <br />who was killed in a traffic accident while working in a city street during the summer of 1999. <br />Evan’s memory lives on through the City’s safety efforts and the memorial scholarship. <br /> <br />Each summer, student interns of the City are invited to enter an essay contest on <br />th <br />workplace safety. Now in its 10 year, the contest is open to any student who has interned with <br />the City for at least one summer. This year, the contest was judged by Marci Sears, Evan’s <br />mother, Becky Bonham, a friend of the Sears family, Gary Gilot, Director of Public Works, Tom <br />Price, Assistant to the Mayor, and Robert Yeary, the Director of Safety and Risk for the City. <br /> <br />The award was presented today by Marci Sears and Mayor Steve Luecke. Mayor Luecke <br />thanked Mrs. Sears for her continued efforts to partner with the City in selecting the recipient of <br />the annual scholarship in Evan’s memory, in promoting safety in the workplace for all workers, <br />and in encouraging our student interns to learn more about workplace safety. Mayor Luecke <br />stated that the scholarship “helps the City reinforce the importance of safety while celebrating <br />the memory of Evan, and Marci has been a guiding light throughout the process.” <br /> <br />Mrs. Sears said, “Our wonderful son and brother, Evan, was taken from us eleven years <br />ago while working in traffic. We miss him terribly and hold him in our hearts always. The City <br />of South Bend has gone to great lengths since that terrible day, to train and equip their workers to <br />be as safe as possible in the workplace. Unprecedented emphasis has been placed on safety <br />education, behavior and equipment and for that, we are extremely grateful.” <br /> <br />-more- <br /> <br />