Quick-thinking kids honoured for proper 911 use

_ (press release) _ ** Ottawa ** – Seven courageous and quick-thinking young residents were honoured at the City of Ottawa’s 18

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annual 9-1-1 Children’s Achievement Awards, presented today at Ottawa City Hall by Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, and members of City Council. The 9-1-1 Children’s Achievement Awards, in partnership with Bell, recognize children ages 12 and under who properly used the 9-1-1 service.

City councillors Jean Cloutier, Michael Qaqish, Bob Monette, Keith Egli, Jody Mitic and Marianne Wilkinson each presented a certificate of commendation to a recipient from their ward who called 9-1-1 when faced with an emergency.

“In an emergency situation a quick response can save a life so it’s important for children to be aware of, and be able to properly use the 9-1-1 service,” said Mayor Watson. “Calling 9-1-1 can be an intimidating experience, no matter how old you are or who it is you are trying to help. These awards allow us to recognize some quick-thinking youngsters and remind everyone to be ready for an emergency.”

The City continues to reach out to all residents of all ages on how and when to use the 9-1-1 service. The service should only be used for emergency situations. Misuse of the 9-1-1 system or accidental calls can result in delays in responding to real emergencies. “These children did a great job initiating an emergency response, and I also want to commend the 9-1-1 operators and first responders who help people and save lives every day,” said Chair Deans. “They are highly trained and dedicated professionals who help some of our city`s most vulnerable residents in difficult and life-threatening times.”

Also participating in the award ceremony: Jill Skinner, Deputy Chief of Ottawa Police Service, Kim Ayotte, Deputy Chief of Ottawa Fire Services, Jennifer Bionda, Deputy Chief of Ottawa Paramedic Services, Roger Chapman, Chief of By-law and Regulatory Services, Anthony Di Monte, General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services, Jim Babe, Chief Special Constable with Transit Services, and Sandy McDonald, Regional Director of Community Affairs for Bell.

> > Always impressed by the heroics of the Children's 911 Award recipients. [ @ottawaparamedic ](https://twitter.com/ottawaparamedic) [ @OttawaPolice ](https://twitter.com/OttawaPolice) [ @OttFire ](https://twitter.com/OttFire) [ pic.twitter.com/UNvhWny2Gg ](https://t.co/UNvhWny2Gg) > > — Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) [ June 6, 2016 ](https://twitter.com/JimWatsonOttawa/status/739832765542174720)