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City Receives National Recognition in Video from The Telly Awards

Post Date:05/23/2019 10:26 AM

The City of Coral Springs is proud to announce that we were selected as a Gold Winner of The Telly Awards in the Social Video for Health & Wellness category. Click here to view. 

The video, “Our Story,” is a comprehensive look inside the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department’s efforts to prevent cancer and educate other first responders and the public about the increased risk of the disease in the fire service.  

The Telly Awards are an industry voice that champions the work of creative and innovative videos, broadcast and shows nationally.

Written by Fire Captain Chris Bator, produced and edited by Senior Video Producer Ryan Himmel, the video is an emotional journey about the cancer epidemic and how it affected us locally, with the passing of Paul Pietrafesa and diagnosis of other firefighters within the organization. Paul, a Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department Driver-Engineer, led a valiant battle with cancer, but succumbed to the disease in November 2016. The video also highlights the studies, partnerships and the work that has been done to raise awareness nationally, changing fire industry standards.  

Of the recognition, Fire Chief Frank Babinec, says, “Ryan is truly dedicated to the community and our organization. He puts forth a tremendous amount of effort in everything he produces. That, coupled with Captain Chris Bator’s passion to implement change and save lives, resulted in a powerful video that will make a difference in the lives of so many first responders.” 

Ryan Himmel is an Emmy award-winning videographer, producer and editor. His passion for public safety began when he joined the Fire Explorer program in Coral Springs as a teenager. His creative talent and drive led to a career with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, before returning to the City to work in the Communications and Marketing department.  

Captain Bator, with others from the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, were instrumental in developing the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative. The collaborative, through their efforts, have helped make changes in state law that require mental health training, cancer awareness training and decontamination protocol. In addition to The Telly Awards, the Collaborative recently received the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award in Washington, D.C.   

“Ryan Himmel and Captain Bator’s work on “Our Story” exemplifies their passion for improving the health and well-being of first responders,” said City Manager Mike Goodrum. Adding, “Ryan’s creativity and vision allows him to effect change and evoke emotion through the lens, The Telly Awards recognition is proof of the impact of his work.” 

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry.

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