Winners awarded in the Victoria Fire Department's fire safety poster contest
Sept. 30, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.
Updated Oct. 1, 2011 at 5:01 a.m.
Ryan M. Perez, a student at Guadalupe Elementary School spent countless hours working on his fire safety poster in preparation for the Fire Prevention Week poster contest.
This is Ryan's third year participating in the poster contest - and his third year to take home a first place ribbon.
Ryan said the best thing about participating in the contest is taking time to focus on fire safety tips.
"My favorite fire safety tip is getting your family out of the house to get to a safe spot," Ryan said.
Ryan has incorporated this theme in each of his award-winning posters over the past three years.
This year, the national theme for Fire Prevention Week is keeping your family safe from fire.
The Victoria Fire Department held a poster contest for first- through fifth-grade students throughout Victoria city and county beginning on Sept. 1.
Twenty-six schools participated, turning in more than 500 posters.
First place winners were selected for each grade from each of the 26 schools on Monday, and a first-place winner was selected for each grade from the top 26 posters on Wednesday.
Fourth-grade winner Zachary Braune's poster illustrated a right and a wrong approach to six different areas of fire safety.
Jayauna Cameron, who placed first in the third grade category, said her favorite fire safety tip was not playing with matches.
She said she enjoyed using cotton balls and foil to create a three-dimensional pot on her poster, reminding people not to leave their stoves unattended. Jayauna's poster also featured a three-dimensional match box and fire extinguisher.
Victoria City Fire Marshal Tom Legler presented trophies and Walmart gift cards to the winners Friday afternoon at Victoria Fire Station No. 1 on Goodwin Avenue.
"This is the first time I ever got a trophy," first-grade winner Tim Edmondson. Tim said he enjoyed coloring his poster.
His favorite fire safety tip is also to not leaving the stove unattended and remembering to "stop, drop and roll."
The stop, drop and roll drill is also one of second-grade winner Abigail Pena's favorite aspects of practicing fire drills with her family.
The posters will be displayed in the Victoria Mall from Oct. 7-17.