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Date of Issue: April 02, 2008

Olson to be honored

A resolution honoring Rod & Reel Pier employee Christine Olson for a citizen’s initiative is expected to be placed into the Florida Legislature’s record April 9.

A Tallahassee program commemorating the 1 millionth registration in the emergency notification effort Olson proposed will also take place that day, according to a spokesperson for state Rep. Bill Galvano.

Olson, a Bradenton resident, said she planned to make the trip to the capital city for the events.

Olson’s notification campaign is known in Florida as the To Inform Families First Initiative. TIFF’s Initiative is named for Olson’s daughter, Tiffiany Olson, 22, who died Dec. 7, 2005, in a traffic accident.

The accident took place at about 7 p.m. on U.S. 19 near 49th Street in Palmetto, but Olson didn’t receive notice of an incident until 11:30 p.m. and she didn’t learn that her daughter had died until 1:30 a.m.

Olson decided something needed to be done to expedite notification of families in emergencies and she partnered with Galvano, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to create a notification program.

Floridians with state driver’s licenses can register a contact number by going to www.toinformfamiliesfirst.com. To date, almost a million people have listed a number for authorities to call.

To honor Olson, Galvano, R-Bradenton, introduced House Resolution 9009 in the 2008 legislative session.

“It is fitting that Ms. Christine Olson be recognized for her dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of the citizens of Florida,” Galvano’s resolution states. “Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Ms. Christine Olson as a tangible token of the sentiments expressed herein.”

The resolution will be placed into the legislative record.