A decade after Christine Olson’s daughter died in a traffic accident, the founder and president of the nonprofit To Inform Families First (TIFF) recognized those who helped her build an organization dedicated to promoting emergency contact registration.
Olson’s daughter, Tiffany, died in a traffic accident in December 2005. It took more than six hours for her to be notified. As a result, Olson came up with the idea to create a service to provide emergency contact information to law enforcement in the event of emergency. The initiative has reached 11 million people since then.
Among those recognized at the March 31 awards presentation at Manatee Technical College were Sen. Bill Galvano, Rep. Greg Steube, Sheriff Brad Steube, Deputy Chief Col. Rick Wells, Manatee Technical College web development instructor Vera Bourenina and student Matthew Vreman.
“As a parent, it gives me comfort to know my kids are registered,” said Deb Toby, deputy director of the Motorist Services Division of the Florida Department of Highway Safety.
Olson called a recent TIFF website redesign by student Matthew Vreman “world class.” In 2005, Vera Bourenina led a team of Manatee Technical College web development students in creating the first website, and students have been maintaining and updating it ever since.
For more information, go to http://toinformfamiliesfirst.org.