Tracy Koslowski, public education manager and spokeswoman for the Drexel Heights Fire District, was named 2013 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.

Koslowski received the award last week in Chicago at the National Fire Protection Association conference.

Drexel Heights Fire Chief Douglas Chappell said Koslowski "has a very special gift for getting the message of safety spread to all age groups."

Koslowski said she was "honored by the support and effort" for the award nomination.

The award includes Drexel Heights receiving $1,000 to support public education.

Koslowski was recognized for her educational programs, including the safe use of all-terrain vehicles, child passenger safety, youth fitness aimed at curbing obesity and bicycle safety, according to the association.

She also was honored for her work in coordinating community safety fairs and fire safety programs at elementary schools.

Koslowski is a third-generation firefighter - her father and grandfather worked for the Fire Department of New York. She has worked in fire service for nearly 20 years, according to nomination documents.

In addition to Drexel Heights, where she also serves as the fire marshal, Koslowski worked for the Northwest Fire District for seven years.

Carmen Duarte