Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized 911 professionals and 13 young 911 heroes from across the state Tuesday during "911 Day in Georgia."
The annual ceremony, held in the state Capitol, acknowledges the dedication and commitment of approximately 2,500 professionals who operate local and regional 911 centers throughout Georgia.
"When you’re in an emergency, seconds can make up the difference between life and death," Perdue said. "Today, we’re recognizing the men and women from across the state who provide that life-saving service."
The program also recognized children, 12 and younger, from across the state who successfully used 911 during the past year to save a life in an emergency. Five of the youngsters are from North Georgia.
Rachel and Jason Eisenberg of Forsyth County were recognized after Rachel dialed 911 when Jason, who is allergic to stings, was stung several times by yellow jackets.
Nicholas Genova of Forsyth County was also recognized when he called 911 after his mother went into diabetic shock.
Habersham County residents Karlee House and Maddox Lewallen’s 911 call saved the life of Karlee’s little brother, Taylor. The children were playing in the pool at their apartment complex when they noticed 3-year-old Taylor lying at the bottom of the shallow end. Karlee and Maddox worked as a team to pull him out of the pool, and then Maddox ran to the apartment’s office to notify personnel of the situation while their baby sitter called 911.
"We are proud to have 13 young Georgians with us today," said Perdue said.