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Minot employee wins safe driving award

Jill Schramm/MDN Shawn Danielson, right, was recognized with a cash prize as Public Safety Hero of the Year. Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma, left, recognizes Danielson at Monday’s city council meeting.

Shawn Danielson of the City of Minot’s sanitation department has been named Public Safety Hero of the Year by Safe Fleet/Fleetmind, an organization that promotes safe driving behavior across North America.

Danielson has worked in the city’s sanitation department for six years and has an impeccable safety record, according to City of Minot Sanitation Superintendent Josh Kraft.

“Shawn is an exceptional driver who takes great pride in doing his job in the safest, most efficient ways possible,” Kraft said. “He’s earned this recognition through hard work, and we thank him for his continued dedication to the residents of Minot.”

Safe Fleet awards one Public Safety Hero of the Year annually. Danielson will receive a $1,000 check.

As part of selecting its annual grand prize winner, Safe Fleet officials analyzed data from the city’s automated sanitation truck driven by Danielson, which records many types of driving data, including any time the truck may have experienced harsh braking, speeding, tailgating or other data points.

“Shawn is recognized for demonstrating exceptional road awareness and safe driving habits,” according to information from Safe Fleet. “With a proven history of the longest and most consistent safety driving record in the City of Minot, we are proud to reward him as the 2020 grand prize winner.”

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