Dawn Faudere, Operations Supervisor, Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 913-826-1031
Catherine Couch, Public Affairs Coordinator, email@example.com, 816-701-8389
Johnson County student to be honored as “9-1-1 Hero”
MARC Public Safety Program recognizes 11-year-old Ava Hawn who helped her father during a medical emergency
On Tuesday, Jan 24, the Mid-America Regional Council’s Public Safety Communications Program and the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center will honor 11-year-old Ava Hawn for demonstrating the proper use of 9-1-1 in an emergency. Josh Lynch, operations manager for Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications, will present the award to Ava at a special ceremony at 7.55 a.m. at Leawood Middle School located at 2410 W. 123rd St. in Leawood, Kansas.
On two occasions in November 2016, the Leawood student took decisive action and called 9-1-1 when her father became ill after receiving medical treatment. On both occasions, Ava clearly and calmly described the situation to Operations Supervisor Nicki Lantz. Ava repeated her father’s address and she explained that he was ill.
“Ava provided complete and accurate location information, remained calm on the phone and interacted with emergency crews once they arrived on the scene,” said Lynch.
MARC’s Regional 9-1-1 Hero Award program recognizes young people who demonstrate knowledge of the proper use of 9-1-1 by performing heroic action during an emergency. In order to receive the award, the child must have initiated the 9-1-1 call and performed a heroic act during the course of the emergency that resulted in saving a life, significantly reducing property loss or stopping a crime.
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Note to media: To request the audio file of Ava’s 9-1-1 call, contact Dawn Faudere, operations supervisor at Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications, 913-826-1031.