SCHERERVILLE | The Graf family, of Schererville, received a unique honor recently at the Tri-Town Safety Village with the unveiling of a street named in their honor.
Friends, family, village officials and members of the Tri-Town Safety Village Board of Directors attended the ceremony, where Safety Village President Bill Howe praised Eric and Christine Graf for seven years of dedicated service.
Schererville Town Manager Robert Volkman thanked the CN Railroad, Special Agent Eric Graf, Christine Graf and their children, Ryan and Brianna, for developing the railroad portion of Safety Village and teaching the program since the facility opened in 2007. During the unveiling of the street sign, Volkman stated, “If you're lucky enough to get the Graf family involved in your project, you're guaranteed one thing. . .success.”
In accepting the honor, Eric Graf thanked the Safety Village for providing such a "great venue" for promoting railroad safety and praised the CN for its commitment and understanding the importance of railroad education classes. He acknowledged the commitment of his family, participants in a number of community events promoting railroad safety.
Working with Tri-Town Safety Village, a nonprofit organization promoting safety for children, Eric Graf has presented 683 Operation Lifesaver Training classes to more than 8,000 children, conducted 124 Grade Crossing Collision Investigation Classes for 1,345 law enforcement officers, and participated in 31 Operation Lifesaver community events.
This latest honor follows a series of awards presented to members of the Graf family highlighting their community involvement.
Christine Graf, a member of the Indiana Operation Lifesaver Task Force representing the fire industry, was awarded the Achievement of Excellence Award from CN Railroad and the State of Indiana for her work with cancer patients and charity organizations.
A former firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician with the Glenwood (Ill.) Fire Department, she was a member of the Lake Hills Fire Department for five years before joining the Schererville Fire Department.
Special Agent Eric Graf has been the top Operation Lifesaver presenter in Indiana for the past four years. Last year, he received three separate Achievement of Excellence awards in Illinois and Indiana for his education and enforcement efforts.
He serves on the Illinois Operation Lifesaver Board of Directors and Schererville Metropolitan Safety Board, chairs the Indiana Operation Lifesaver Task Force, and is a board member for Tri-Town Safety Village.