The NG9-1-1 Institute, 9-1-1 For Kids, and APCO International, as part of the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition, will join forces at the 2012 Annual APCO International Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota to honor local public safety heroes. At a Local 9-1-1 Heroes Awards ceremony during the NG9-1-1 Institute/APCO Partnership Reception, the groups will celebrate the partnership of the NG9-1-1 Institute and APCO International. The ceremony will honor nine-year-old Rodrigo Sanchez Sosa for his calm and heroic 911 call for his unconscious baby sister. Also being honored at the event are Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center Dispatcher Lori Patrick, who took the call, and Hennepin EMS Dispatcher Tom Polzin, who assessed the situation and sent an ambulance to the scene.
The NG9-1-1 Institute/APCO Partnership Reception is an annual reception open to all attendees of the APCO Conference and provides the opportunity for attendees to learn more about the NG9-1-1 Institute, its events, activities, partners and the NextGen 9-1-1 Congressional Caucus. This is the first year the reception has hosted a Local 9-1-1 Heroes Awards.
The National 9-1-1 Education Coalition members each adopted resolutions in April of 2008 proclaiming April as National 9-1-1 Education Month. Each year, the coalition encourages groups, clubs and organizations to put special emphasis on 911 education. The organizations of the Coalition include the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO); CTIA - The Wireless Association; the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT), the NG9-1-1 Institute; the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED); the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA); the National Emergency Number Association (NENA); and 9-1-1 For Kids. Last year, the Coalition announced the creation of www.know911.org, a Web site dedicated to 911 education containing many free resources that can be used to promote education, awareness and outreach efforts at a local level.