Fire prevention poster winners announced

Wilton Fire Marshal Dave Kohn and representatives from Wilton Firefighters Local 2233 presented awards to the four local winners of this year’s Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Cider Mill School.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Fire Prevention — Everyone/Everyday,” and its purpose is to promote child and adult awareness of fire prevention responsibilities.

Fourth grader Sarah Whitney and fifth grader Emily Bukowski took first place for their grade levels, while fourth grader Sanyam Ajitabh and fifth grader Samhita Kakarlapudi were runners up.

Capt. Kevin Czarnecki, vice president of Wilton’s firefighters union, presented $100 Visa gift cards to the first place winners and $50 to the runners up. He also presented each of them with a Matchbox replica of the fire truck that delivered the winners to school that morning.

Sarah and Emily will go on to compete at the county level, and all county winners’ posters will be exhibited in various areas around the state, including the Capitol during the month of October.

From these, a state winner will be chosen to promote fire prevention throughout Connecticut.

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, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs’ Association, State Board of Education and the Connecticut FAIR Plan.