The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) recognized a Spring Hill Elementary student on May 20. MARC’s Public Safety and Communications Program and the Johnson County Communications Center honored Eli Kehl, 10, for demonstrating the proper use of 9-1-1 during an emergency.
Deputy Director of MARC Ellen Wernicke presented Kehl with an award during a special ceremony in Spring Hill last week.
On April 6, Kehl dialed 9-1-1 and told emergency communications specialist Grady Victory that his father was vomiting and having difficulty breathing. Kehl’s father was having an allergic reaction, but thanks to his quick thinking and call to 9-1-1, his father received the medical attention he needed.
“It is so important for parents to teach their children their home address, phone number and how to use 9-1-1 properly,” Wernicke said. “Eli did a great job of providing the house address, listening to our call taker’s questions, answering them clearly, and most importantly, remaining calm.”
MARC’s Regional 9-1-1 Hero Award program was created to recognize and reward young people who demonstrate knowledge of the proper use of 9-1-1 by performing some heroic action during an emergency, and to promote public education and awareness of 9-1-1. 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.
“We’ve developed partnerships with local police and fire agencies to teach children how to use 9-1-1 properly,” said Keith Faddis, director of MARC’s Public Safety Communications Program, which manages the regional 9-1-1 system. “Eli’s bravery demonstrates that there is value to educating our children on how and when to dial 9-1-1.”