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National 911 award presented to Kansas City area teens

Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications joins the Mid-America Regional Council and GeoComm in congratulating the winners of the NG911 Institute’s Citizen in Action award. Claire and Seth Johnson, from Overland Park, were announced as the recipients of the Citizen in Action award at the 17th Annual 911 Honor Awards in Washington D.C. on Feb. 12. The award recognizes an individual(‘s) efforts where exceptional bravery and heroism were demonstrated while utilizing 911 during an emergency.

The nomination described how the siblings called 911 during the winter of 2019 when their father, Mark Johnson, suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Claire placed the 911 call and a telecommunicator from the Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications Center instructed them to begin CPR. Seth had learned CPR at school less than two weeks before, and Claire had also learned CPR in school and as a lifeguard. The teens took turns doing CPR, carefully following instructors from the 911 telecommunicator, until paramedics arrived. As a result, their story had a happy ending.


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