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MAR 23, 2020

CN Railroaders in the Community: David Lewis

David Lewis spreads message of safety in his community

After retiring from CN in 2006 following 35 years of service, CN Railroader in the Community David Lewis has stayed very busy… trying to save lives.

A former crane operator who lives in Durand, MI, David stepped up to volunteer with Operation Lifesaver in 2013 after meeting its State Coordinator, Sam Crowl at an event. The nonprofit safety education and awareness organization aims to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities at rail crossings due to trespassing. I’ve given presentations to local civic groups, schoolchildren, truck drivers, police departments and bus drivers, and I’m always surprised by how little people know about rail safety, ” says David.

” When I worked in Flint, I was a team leader on the safety committee in Bristol Road Yard, and I saw people in the community walking down the tracks all the time. I thought Operation Lifesaver would be a worthwhile organization to join.

David devotes about 70 hours to the non-profit each year, and in 2016, he received the Michigan Operation Lifesaver Outstanding Volunteer Award.

I believe that through my safety presentations, I’ve probably saved people’s lives. .”

“ David recently qualified for his tenth CN Railroaders in the Community grant, which helped buy a tabletop display for the organization, ” says Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Sam Crowl.

“ Dave has been an outstanding volunteer for Operation Lifesaver; he’s willing to do the early morning classes and evening meetings, and has a real presence with the audience,”  Says Sam.

” Dave also helps set up for large meetings and does local outdoor events to share our lifesaving message throughout the community. ”

“ I really like helping people. It gives me pleasure to know that some of them who used to walk the tracks don't anymore. ”

David Lewis
  seen here educating Ccitizens about rail safety at the rail depot in Holly, MI.