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Honoring young heroes

Vermont Enhanced 9-1-1 Board to honors a family of well-prepared children during National 9-1-1 Education Month

Josh Badger is very glad he had his children memorize their home address and taught them how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.  When Josh suffered a seizure and injured his head, his well-prepared offspring, Chelsie, 8, Clay, 10, and Cole, 11, acted promptly, calmly, and with maturity beyond their years to summon help for their dad. Chelsie and Cole secured the family's dogs and took turns staying with their father, while Clay called 9-1-1. Clay relayed information to and from his siblings and efficiently answered questions as the 9-1-1 call-taker evaluated the event and dispatched emergency medical services to the Badger home.

"I'll never be able to thank them enough," Josh said of his children.  "I don't know what would have happened if they hadn't been there."

"The action taken by these kids epitomizes what we hope to convey through our Public Education program," said David Tucker, executive director for the Enhanced 9-1-1 Board. "They could not have done a better job in helping us to help their dad."

The State of Vermont Enhanced 9-1-1 Board honored the Badger children as 9-1-1 Heroes during a ceremony held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Williston Public Safety Answering Point, where they will receive plaques, be given a tour of the facility, and meet the 9-1-1 call-taker who handled their call.

Josh Badger will be recognized for demonstrating the importance of 9-1-1 education and for exemplifying the theme of this year's National 9-1-1 Education Month, "Be 9-1-1 Ready!"