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Fire Prevention Week poster contest winners announced

Five Franklin children will receive a fire truck ride for winning first place in their grade levels in the Franklin Fire Department’s annual Fire Prevention Week poster contest.

The winning students are Kindergartner Mabry Simmons, Clovercroft Elementary; First grader Francesco Hooghkirk, Pearre Creek Elementary; Second grader Caroline Seehorn, Franklin Elementary; Third grader Sawyer Shepherd, a home-school student; and fourth grader Jacob Kreider, New Hope Academy.

Winning entries and other selected posters will be displayed in City Hall through Nov. 29. The theme of the 2012 contest was, “Have two ways out!”

First place winners will advance to the State of Tennessee Fire Prevention Poster Competition. To view these posters online, please visit

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

This is the fourth year that Franklin’s Mayor has signed a proclamation proclaiming the observance of the entire month of October as Fire Prevention Month in Franklin.

Posted on: 11/14/2012


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