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2015 Bill and Betty Fresch: Outstanding Achievement Award

April 1, 2016

Keeping Us Safe is proud to announce that Brent Murray of Dallas, Texas, is the recipient of the 2015 "Bill and Betty Fresch Outstanding Achievement Award".

Keeping Us Safe is a national organization that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families throughout the United States.  Its 'Beyond Driving with Dignity' program is designed to save lives while simultaneously helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with the very challenging issue of an elderly parent's diminishing driving skills.

A Lewisville, Texas resident, Brent Murray received certification in the "Beyond Driving with Dignity" program in November, 2011.  Brent holds degrees in business and logistics and has worked in the transportation industry for over 35 years.

Brent taught classes in logistics at Michigan's Baker College for 9 years and served as a third party examiner for the State of Michigan, administering the road tests for individuals trying to qualify for their driver's licenses.  Brent is currently the DOT Safety and Compliance Manager for Commercial Metals Company in Irving, TX.

"Brent is most deserving of this award" says Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe.  "Brent's professionalism, sincerity and enthusiasm have made him very effective in helping older drivers with diminished driving skills make a smooth transition from the driver's seat to the passenger seat."  Gurwell adds.

As a "Beyond Driving with Dignity" Professional, Brent serves as a facilitator for Keeping Us Safe's 'self-assessment program' for older drivers.  This individualized program serves as a valuable tool in helping older drivers (and their concerned families) make appropriate decisions regarding the future of one's safe driving career.

The 3-hour, one-on-one session is typically conducted in the comfort of the older driver's home.  The session includes an in-depth learning conversation, several cognitive exercises, and an actual driving exercise with the older driver that takes place in his or her own car.

The award is named after the late Bill & Betty Fresch, who died in a Pennsylvania farm field after becoming lost on what was always a routine 40 minute drive home from their daughter Jo Rinehart's residence.  The January 13, 2011, Washington Post article reporting the tragedy read "Elderly couple found frozen to death after getting lost during drive".

Keeping Us Safe and the Fresch family have since partnered to help similar tragedies from happening to other families.  "The Fresch family has been very gracious in sharing their very difficult story with others" says Matt Gurwell.  "As difficult as it is to talk about the incident, they have risen above that and see the sharing of their story as an opportunity to help others deal with this very delicate and emotional situation, before tragedy strikes their family" concluded Gurwell.

Jeanne Nagle, Jo Rinehart and Paul Fresch (adult children of the late Bill & Betty Fresch) explain:

"The Fresch family appreciates the good work done by Keeping Us Safe.  We are honored that our parents' story can be used by this program to help others. We extend our sincere thanks to Mr. Brent Murray for his unwavering enthusiasm and dedication to this cause."

"Brent was selected as the recipient for this award because of his unwavering dedication and compassion in helping older adults.  In addition to being very well respected in the community, Brent also exemplifies the standards and core values of Keeping Us Safe.  His compassion and empathy when working with older drivers with diminished driving skills make a smooth transition from the driver's seat to the passenger seat make him an invaluable asset to the Keeping Us Safe team." says Gurwell.

For additional information on Keeping Us Safe or the "Beyond Driving with Dignity" program, please click here »

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