Fifth grader in Shelton awarded for fire prevention poster

Daniel Ramos, a fifth grade student from of St. Joseph School, was honored as a winner of the 2013-2014 Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

Daniel, along with three other Fairfield County students, have been selected as Fairfield County winners. During an award presentation luncheon, he was presented with a $150 check and a framed county winner certificate.

Daniel was joined at the awards ceremony by his mother, Maribel Ramos; his aunt, Liliana Cubillos; and his uncle, the Rev. Hector Leon. Shelton Fire Marshal James Tortora also attended to recognize Daniel’s achievement.

Importance of smoke alarms

Daniel’s poster displays the importance of testing smoke alarms and ensuring fresh batteries are used, fire officials said.

“Daniel clearly understands and captures the important aspects of providing and maintaining working smoke alarms that everyone should consider,” said Ted Pisciotta, assistant chief of fire prevention for the Shelton Fire Department.

Installing smoke alarms throughout the home are critical to providing early warning to allow occupants time to be awakened and escape.

Daniel’s poster will be printed in the 2014 Connecticut State Fire Prevention Calendar and will be on display during Fire Prevention Week at the state Capitol.

Raising awareness

The contest is designed to develop fire safety awareness in youngsters and to encourage them to take the message home to their families.

In January, Daniel was presented an award as fifth grade city winner in Shelton. Daniel’s poster, as well as the first place winning posters from each school, is part of a portable poster art display that is currently being transported to various locations of the city.

For more information about fire safety, the public is encouraged to contact the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau at 203-924-1555 or on the web under “Public Safety” at