Gavin Crosthwait, 14, was honored June 2 by the Mid-America Regional Council’s Public Safety Communications Program and the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center for demonstrating the proper use of 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Dawn Faudere, operations supervisor for Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications presented the award to Crosthwait at a special ceremony in Olathe.
On March 6, the Johnson County teen was playing basketball with his church youth group when Chase O’Dell, the group leader, experienced a medical emergency. O’Dell went up for a rebound. When he came down, his knee dislocated. Crosthwait quickly called 9-1-1 and clearly explained that his group leader had fallen, hurt his leg and was in severe pain.
“Gavin provided complete and accurate location information, remained calm and interacted with emergency crews once they arrived on the scene,” said Faudere. “Even though Chase had fallen with no other adult to assist, Gavin was able to get the help he needed.”
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.