City’s Public Safety Receives Prestigious Honor
For Outstanding Training and Preparedness
The Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department and Coral Springs Police Department were honored with the Dave Sanders Rescue Task Force Award. The award is named after Coach Dave Sanders, who lost his life at Columbine High School, while saving the lives of his students. Members of the department were honored during a City Commission meeting on June 5, 2019.
The award was presented at the Annual North American Active Assailant Conference, hosted by the National Tactical Officers Association in late April. Both departments attended the conference to present about the training and preparation they implemented for mass casualty incidents. The goal of their presentations is to share their experience, including lessons learned through preparation and response during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) tragedy.
Our public safety personnel have presented on numerous occasions, always dedicating their presentation to the victims of the MSD tragedy, their family, friends, school faculty, medical professionals and first responders. They also recognize the 17 lives that were saved on that fateful day. This was the first time the police and fire department presented together, along with Coral Springs Medical Director, Dr. Peter Antevy and Assistant Medical Director for Emergency Medicine at Broward Health North, Dr. Evan Boyar.
Police Chief Clyde Parry and Fire Chief Frank Babinec, who presented and attended the conference, were surprised and humbled by the recognition. Both reaffirming their commitment to assist other agencies prepare for such an unthinkable tragedy.
Of the recognition, City Manager Michael Goodrum said, “We are fortunate to have police and fire personnel who are well-trained and prepared, that is a direct correlation to the public safety leadership our City has in place. The MSD tragedy has deeply impacted our community and those who provided emergency response, yet they continue to share their expertise and experience to prepare other agencies.” Goodrum added, “They do not seek recognition for their response on that day, but it is certainly well-deserved.”