Car seat inspection held recently in Dunkirk

More than 40 local parents left the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds with a happy face after having their child car seats inspected for safe operation and installation by the New York State Troopers Association, as part of Putnam Record Insurance’s first annual Safety Saturday.

The free event took place recently outside the Floral Hall Pavilion at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.

More than 200 attendees witnessed hands-on safety demonstrations from the New York State Troopers, the Dunkirk Police Department and the Dunkirk Fire Department.

Anthony J. Dolce, Mayor of City of Dunkirk, issued a proclamation that May 4 be known as “Safety Saturday” and thanked Putnam Record Insurance Agency for their contribution to the public safety of the Dunkirk and Fredonia communities.

The Dunkirk Police Department provided a valuable public service with child registration and fingerprint recording. McGruff “The Crime Dog” was on the scene, teaching children safety lessons with fun games, and getting his paws wet in the bubble station operated by Carol Mahany, wife of Doug Mahany, President of Putnam Record Insurance, Dunkirk.

The Dunkirk Fire Department extended its 100-foot aerial ladder truck, as well as opening the doors to their Rescue 1 ambulance vehicle and Engine 4 pumper truck. After the kids had fun exploring the fire trucks and learning about fire safety, they took home a plastic fire helmet and coloring books.

NYS Troopers inspected more thsn 40 infant and child car seats for proper durability and helped parents feel secure by teaching safe installation and operation of car seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the number 1 killer of children ages 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them is to use the correct seat at the proper age, and buckle them in properly. This habit leads to safe seat belt usage throughout their adult lifetime.

Rich Goodman and friends of Spoke Folk & Wheel People were at the event to teach safe bike riding habits. Thanks to sponsorship from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Spoke Folk was able to giveaway free bike helmets to children for a safe summer riding season.

Many prizes were raffled off during the 4-hour event. Ange Leone won a child stroller, Tim Wdowiasz won a Pizza Party at Pizza Village in Dunkirk, Mike Gorka won a child car seat, and Minnie Luckowiak won a Portable DVD player good for long trips in the car.

Free carbon monoxide detectors were awarded to Janiris Alicea, Pam Tramuto, M. Graves, Heather Duman, C. Ricotta, Henry Hoisington. Nichols Hometown Service Gift Certificates were won by Tina Thompson and Nakita Stewart. A duffel bag was won by Aurea Ruiz.

Putnam Record Insurance has tentatively set next year’s Safety Saturday event to take place on May 17. Signup for updates through their website at or send an email to