LANSING, Mich. – State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, today presented 4-year-old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo, with the Michigan Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association’s 2015 Child Hero award during the group’s annual 9-1-1 Conference and Exhibit Show.
O’Brien’s appearance was part of the conference’s Government Day. Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley were also in attendance.
Manning dialed 9-1-1 last January when her then-pregnant mother, Centerria, was having a seizure. The mother attributes their practice-calling the emergency phone number to her daughter’s quick thinking. The dispatcher, who credited the girl for the act and her calm demeanor, nominated her for the award.
“Emergency dispatchers are invisible heroes,” said O’Brien. “Debbie Spencer worked with little Calise to save the life of her mother. It is an honor to recognize the heroism of both Debbie and Calise.”
According to the association, it serves members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations and education issues.
With more than 9,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe, the organization promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1, and works with 9-1-1 professionals, public policy leaders, emergency services and telecommunications industry partners, like-minded public safety associations and others to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives.