Fire prevention poster winners announced

At an awards ceremony on Friday, Jan. 14, the Wilton Fire Department congratulated the local winners of the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest at Cider Mill School.

Madeline Dineen and Zachary Krawitz took first place for the fourth and fifth grades, respectively, while the runners up were fourth grader Marina Lee and fifth grader Jasmin Jeon. The posters were judged by the Wilton Fire Department.

Fire Marshal Rocco Grosso presented the award certificates to the winners and Wilton Firefighters Local 2233 President David Chaloux presented Visa Gift Cards — $100 for first place and $50 for the runners up — as well as an authentic Matchbox replica of the Wilton Fire Marshal response vehicle to each winner.

Madeline and Zachary’s first-place winning posters will be submitted for judging at the county level and two county winners from each grade will be chosen by Feb. 2. From this selection, a state winner will be chosen and his or her poster will be the official state poster used to promote fire prevention throughout Connecticut.

All winning posters on the county level will be exhibited at the State Capitol in Hartford during the month of October. In addition to the local prizes, the county winners will each be awarded a $150 check. The state winner will also receive a $750 check, and a matching grant will be awarded to his or her school.

With the theme of Fire Prevention — Everyone/Everyday, the contest’s purpose is to promote child and adult awareness of fire prevention responsibilities. Last year, approximately 30,000 entries were submitted throughout the state.

The annual statewide competition for fourth and fifth graders began Oct. 1, and is run by elementary school teachers in cooperation with the Connecticut Fire Marshals’ Association, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Connecticut Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Connecticut Board of Education, and the Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry).