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T.E.A.R.S. was incorporated by Ray Zukowski of
Lombard, Illinois.  Officially becoming a State of
Illinois Non
Profit Charter Member on June 5, 2006.
Incorporated in memory of his beloved daughter
Kristen Bowen, July 13, 1991
Feb. 11, 2006,
T.E.A.R.S.  represents all of the victims and victim’s
families that have fallen prey to the railroad.
T.E.A.R.S Targeting Education &
Scheduled meetings and events
centrating on educating our children
is a top priority.  T.E.A.R.S. focuses on
improving Railroad Safety Education at 
Local, State, and National levels.
You may request a T.E.A.R.S. volunteer
for a safety presentation or to speak at
an event by logging on to
According to FRA (Federal Railroad
Administration) statistics for 2005 the state of
Illinois had the highest number of highway
crossing fatalities in the country.  In additi
Illinois ranked #2 in highest number of highway
rail grade crossing collisions the same year.  With
fatalities on the rise, T.E.A.R.S. can make a
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Fencing needs to separate
trains from Parks and
Schools !
Pedestrian Crosswalks
     will save lives !
  Lack of funding at Federal, State and local levels, makes it
difficult to secure these High Risk locations.
T.E.A.R.S. Assists Victim’s Families
Through contributions and fundraising
activities T.E.A.R.S. works to help victim’s
families put their lives back together. 
Unexpected funeral, burial, and tombstone
expenses are part of the grim reality that
families must face immediately after a tragedy
has occurred.  T.E.A.R.S. also provides financial
ance and referral for Grief Counseling.
profit Illinois Corporation
Charter on file # 6495
In Good Standing
T.E.A.R.S. Targets High Risk Areas
We work to recognize areas along the
railways where fatalities have
red or are likely to occur
risk areas.  Through
proper procedure and with
funding; barriers, fencing, and
pedestrian crossings can be built
to prevent fatalities before they
Your Funding Can Be Used Towards
                       1. Railroad Safety Education & Awareness
2.  Protective barriers and fencing
3.  Pedestrian safety crossings
4.  Funeral and burial expenses
5.  Grief counsel

902 E. St. Charles Rd.
Lombard, IL 60148
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