George Swimmer is a certified public accountant (CPA) who received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University. A registered investment advisor, Swimmer holds various insurance licenses. He is also a certified nursing assistant (CNA).
An outspoken citizen advocate who spent over twenty years investigating train accidents and arguing for improved railroad safety, Swimmer is a recipient of the Citizen Advocacy Center’s Citizen Initiative Award, the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Melvin Jones Fellow Award, and the DuPage Railroad Safety Council’s Jonathan Goers Award.
A former member of the Belmont Underpass Task Force in Downers Grove. The Task Force successfully worked towards the completion of an underpass at the busy BNSF railroad tracks that cross Belmont Avenue. A former member of the Illinois Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The founder and former member of Illinois FACES, a foster parent advocacy group.
Swimmer also served as a member of the United States Marine Corps.
24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
This book sets out to reveal how a mixture of mismanagement and industrial slowness to take corrective action have led to flaws in the railroad industry’s safety protocols and infrastructure. Criticism is also levied at some of the investigative conclusions by the National Transportation Safety Board. Many rail accidents, both fatal crashes and derailments, are candidly discussed with critical commentary on how and why these incidents happened and how they might have been avoided. Failures to effectively communicate, position and use of signals, scheduling of trains including when and how passenger and freight trains can enter and pass through a station, track layouts, speeds used at different times and places, warning systems, pedestrian crossings are all carefully broken down to establish a clear-cut impression of rail tragedies. Victim stories come into play as well as legal implications.
Hearings and testimonies attest to ongoing public scrutiny of the well-documented issues. Comments by various authorities are illuminating. Well-placed black and white photos, as well as charts and diagrams, provide a strong graphic presence. The first-person writing is clear and lucid though more subtitles in chapters would enable easier reading.
A bibliography and glossary of terms round out a well researched and written book. The title and subtitle work well, but the cover image could be darker.
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