Eight youth and six 9-1-1 dispatchers were honored during the 2009 National 9-1-1 Heroes Award Ceremony by 9-1-1 for Kids® on Sunday, June 7 at 6:00pm, at the NENA Conference and Trade Show in the Main Ballroom at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The 9-1-1 Local Heroes® Medal of Honor, is bestowed upon a youngster who successfully called 9-1-1 and the 9-1-1 dispatcher/call taker who has distinguished himself/herself by gallantry and intrepidity processed crisis 9-1-1 call, and dispatched the appropriate emergency response resulting in: lives saved; fires prevented or stopped; and crimes halted or curtailed.
The heroes were nominated by public safety answering points (PSAPs or 9-1-1 dispatch centers). The hero called 9-1-1 and provided the dispatcher with the necessary information to route emergency personnel (police, fire department or medical emergency response). The 9-1-1 Heroes® Awards were established in 1999.
(2009 YOUTH HEROES & Dispatch Heroes):
JOCELYN HURTADO Age: 8 Highland Village, TX
DISPATCHER SANDRA TATUM of Highland Village Police Department
KAREN GONZALES Age: 10 Fort Worth, TX
DISPATCHER STEPHEN BIASATTI of MedStar EMS
SARA EVANS Age: 6 Burleson, TX
DISPATCHER KIMBERLY GEIGER of MedStar EMS
IMAZHANE WRIGHT Age: 11 Forest Hill, TX
DISPATCHER ANGELA PENIC of MedStar EMS
AMBER BAIRD Age: 8 Fort Worth, TX
DISPATCHER DESTINY JUDD of MedStar EMS
MICHAEL DARMON Age: 11 Burleson, TX
DAVID DARMON Age: 9 Burleson, TX
JESSICA DARMON Age: 14 Burleson, TX
DISPATCHER YOLANDA CHANDLER of Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Posted on Wed, June 10, 2009
by Lara Kohl