2002 NENA 9-1-1 Hero
On the evening of January 15, 2002, eight-year-old Savannah Freeman dialed 9-1-1 from a cellular phone to obtain medical help for her mother who was having a seizure. Savannah calmly provided the dispatcher with her address and a description of her mothers condition, all the while caring for her two younger sisters. When emergency personnel arrived, Savannah let them into her residence and provided them with critical medical information about her mother.
2002 Hero Runner-Up
On the evening of February 2, 2002, eleven-year-old Brandon Austin was at his grandmothers house, caring for her following a medical procedure shed had the previous day. Shortly before 9 p.m., Brandons grandmother felt ill and asked him to dial 9-1-1; she then passed out. Although Brandon wasnt in his own home, he was able to confirm his grandmothers address for the dispatcher and he provided information regarding his grandmothers condition.