Pillager boy awarded ‘Saved by the Belt’

Pictured during a presentation of the “Saved by the Belt” award to Parker Pallansch are (from left): Morrison County Sheriff, Shawn Larsen, Morrison County Chief Deputy, Jason Worlie, Morrison County Community Health Educator, Emily Senta, Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Joe Dwyer, Pallansch and Brainerd K-9 Officer Tony Runde.
Pictured during a presentation of the “Saved by the Belt” award to Parker Pallansch are (from left): Morrison County Sheriff, Shawn Larsen, Morrison County Chief Deputy, Jason Worlie, Morrison County Community Health Educator, Emily Senta, Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Joe Dwyer, Pallansch and Brainerd K-9 Officer Tony Runde.

Parker Pallansch, 6, was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a motor vehicle crash, Dec. 19, 2015. The driver of the vehicle fell asleep as their vehicle was traveling northbound on Dove road in Scandia Valley Township in Morrison County. The vehicle crossed over the southbound traffic lane and entered the ditch at approximately 50 miles per hour. The vehicle also traveled approximately 30 feet into the air before striking the ground nose first.

As a result of the crash, the young boy had minor bruising and a seatbelt burn from his seatbelt locking up. Parker is the son of Derek and Kayla Pallansch and has a sister, Paisley.

Parker was awarded a certificate Feb. 4, titled, “Saved by the Belt.” This award was presented to him at Pillager Elementary in front of his classmates by several law enforcement officers as well as a community health representative. In attendance to present the award was Morrison County Sheriff, Shawn Larsen, Morrison County Chief Deputy, Jason Worlie, Morrison County Community Health Educator, Emily Senta, Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Joe Dwyer, Brainerd K-9 Officer Tony Runde and his family.

After the presentation of the award, Parker told about his experience firsthand and his classmates had an opportunity to ask questions. Larsen ended the presentation by reminding the kids how important it is to buckle up every time and talk to their parents about it.

“Tell your parents we came in and talked about seatbelt safety. Make sure it is a conversation at the dinner table tonight,” Larsen told the group.