'Car Seat Lady' Leaves Lasting Legacy in G.I.

Buckling up kids in a car seat properly is important in case of an accident.

One registered nurse in Grand Island has made it her mission to help educate parents on the topic and actually conduct car seat checks.

Now after three decades she is leaving to take her message else where.

Child Safety Coordinator Ann Brunzell is doing what she does best. Checking to make sure parents are putting their kids in car seats properly.

"The passion comes from seeing so many people do it wrong. There is just no question about it," said Ann Brunzell.

She says 96-percent of parents buckle up their kids in a car seat wrong.

"Only have a four percent chance of doing it right," said Brunzell.

Which is why on her last day working at Saint Francis in Grand Island, she is taking part in this car seat check just as she has done since the late 90's.

"We will greatly miss her because she did build the program, she was the legacy that built the program and laid the foundation and we were blessed to have her do that," said Director of Foundation Claire Aguilar.

Aguilar says if a child is buckled up properly they have a better chance at surviving a car crash, and that is why her colleague's work is so important.

"The best and easiest way to keep our kids out of the hospital is to prevent accidents which is the number one cause of death in our kids," said Aguilar.

Meanwhile, Brunzell says continuing the program after she is gone is key!

"The program has never been about me it's always been about the safety of the children," said Brunzell.

The program will continue with a new director at St. Francis.
Meanwhile Brunzell is going to Omaha with her husband.
She plans to volunteer with a child safety program.


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