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Emergency associations recognizing people who became heroes by calling 911

With April being 911 education month, the Illinois chapter of the National Emergency Number Association and the Illinois Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials have created an award program for people who became heroes by using 911.

The purpose of the program is to reward and recognize people who properly used 911 during the course of an emergency.

Under the criteria of the award, the heroic act must be ongoing or have taken place in 2013.

If the caller is a child, the 911 call must have been self-initiated by the child and/or the child followed pre-arrival instructions or performed some other heroic act.

The person’s heroic act must have saved a life, significantly reduced property loss, or helped lead to the apprehension of a criminal or stopped a crime.

As part of the nomination form, people have to summarize the incident and the circumstances and actions that qualify the nominee for the award. Nominators also have to say why they think the nominee should be honored and why the person is deserving.

Nomination forms are due by April 7 to be considered for the award, according to a news release. To nominate someone, go to www.il911info.org.

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