Friday, November 27, 2009

Young Calgarians hailed as heroes

Six young Calgarians who called and spoke with 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Officers are being hailed as heroes.

Husky Energy and its partners the Calgary Emergency Medical Services Foundation and The City of Calgary’s Public Safety Communications awarded these “Husky Heroes” today.

These children include a five -year old girl who called 9-1-1 when a family member had a breathing emergency at home; another five-year old girl who called 9-1-1 when a family member sustained an injury; and a nine-year old girl who called for her friend when she had a medical emergency.

“The Husky Heroes Program is an important initiative that educates children on how to save lives and respond in emergency situations,” said John C.S. Lau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Husky Energy.

Mike Plato, Vice Chair, EMS Foundation said: “The Husky Heroes program is a wonderful opportunity to recognize these individuals, and for all youth to learn about calling 9-1-1 better preparing them to assist others in an emergency situation.”

The Husky Heroes Program exemplifies the importance of teaching children when to phone 9-1-1, for their own safety as well as others, says Doug Odney, Program Manager for Public Safety Communications.

The program is supported by Husky Energy, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Foundation and The City of Calgary Public Safety Communications.

For more information on when to call 9-1-1, visit The City’s website at www.calgary.ca/911.

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