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