Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nine young Calgarians recognized as “Husky Heroes”

Nine young Calgarians were recognized as “Husky Heroes” by Husky Energy and its partners, the Calgary Emergency Medical Services Foundation and Public Safety Communications.  Ranging in age from seven to 11 years old, each child was the link to 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Officers (Public Safety Communications) until emergency services arrived on the scene.  The Husky Heroes program recognizes children who have accessed 9-1-1 appropriately in an emergency or were of significant assistance to emergency services.

Some of the children recognized as a Husky Heroes this year include:
  • A seven year old boy who needed to translate information between 9-1-1 and his mom when his six month old brother hurt his arm;
  • A 10-year-old girl who used sign language to translate information for her deaf mother after she fell; 
  • A 10-year-old girl who phoned the Calgary Police from a closet after her house had been broken into; and 
  • A 10-year-old who called the Airdrie Fire Department when his house caught fire.
“The bravery demonstrated by these young people in staying calm and doing the right thing in such tense situations is commendable,” said Husky CEO Asim Ghosh. “The Calgary Emergency Medical Services Foundation and Public Safety Communications perform outstanding work in educating children about responding to emergency situations.”

“Public Safety Communications is Calgary's Lifeline to Emergency Services. When you call 9-1-1, trained and dedicated Emergency Communications Officers evaluate the situation and dispatch the appropriate help - EMS, Fire, and Police. Teaching children the importance of using 9-1-1 correctly is crucial, not only for their own safety but for the safety of others as well. We are proud to partner with Husky Energy and the EMS Foundation in the Husky Heroes program and recognize these young heroes," said Steve Dongworth, Commander, Public Safety Communications.

“The EMS Foundation is proud once again to recognize some very brave young people from our own community- our 2011 Husky Heroes. The Foundation assists with critical medical research, training, safety, and illness and injury prevention in our community. The Husky Heroes program, now in its fifth year, showcases the heroic acts these young individuals took during an emergency. We are proud to highlight their actions and hope their examples serve to demonstrate that when educated about the proper use of  9-1-1,  young people truly can make a positive difference in an emergency situation,” said Heather Klein-Swormink, Chair, EMS Foundation.

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

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