Technician of the Year
Eduardo Medina lives in a country that has no car seat safety regulations. When he noticed few parents used car seats to transport their children, he set out to change the culture in his hometown of Bogotá, Colombia, and elsewhere across South America.
That was 6 years ago. He attended a training class in the U.S. and became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. He returned to Colombia and was the first CPS Technician in his country. He was one of the first to talk about expiration dates on car seats. He also created the first car seat recycling program in Colombia: Morada Segura.
Medina is recognized for his work to safely transport children as the first non-U.S. citizen to receive the prestigious Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year Award presented by the National Child Passenger Safety Board. The award is sponsored by Toyota Motor North America.
“Learning never will be limited by boundaries or nationalities,” said National Child Passenger Safety Board Chair Tammy Franks. “Eduardo reminds us of the old adage: ‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’ He is a living example of how Child Passenger Safety Technicians save lives all over the world, not just here in the U.S.”
Additional details about Eduardo and his dedication to child passenger safety can be found in the Technician of the Year press release.