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In Medford, Oregon, Jeanette Giossi, arranged for 9-1-1 for Kids' international mascot Red E. Fox to make a special guest appearance in Medford's annual Pear Blossom Parade!   

Through it’s 63 year history associated events have been added, including the Scholarship Pageant, Run and Street Fair. In recent years, the Pear a Fare (local artisan food& beverage tent) and the Smudge Pot Stroll (downtown restaurant event) have been added to make “The Pear Blossom” a true “Festival”. We are very excited for 2016 to add two more events our festival, the Pedals N Pears Bike Event, and the Pear Blossom Golf Tournament, which will give even more of our community an opportunity to be involved in Medford’s oldest tradition!

The Pear Blossom Parade has grown from 20 wagons and youngsters in the first event to today’s 150 entries with 4000 participants and 25-30,000 enthusiasts lining the parade route.  The Pear Blossom is a pillar in our community emphasizing family values, commitment and pride in our Rogue Valley. Scholarships for area high school senior girls have been a hallmark of the Festival Association since 1991. Congratulation Jeanette!  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dispatchers and Boy Honored as 911 Heroes After Remaining Calm During House Fire

A young boy and the 911 dispatchers who helped him keep calm and save his family's home in a stressful situation were recognized Monday for their bravery. Caiden Clifton, 11, had a traumatic experience when he was home alone on a typical day in the middle of January. 

"I was home alone, my dad was at work and my sister and mom were at gymnastics," he said.

Like many 11-year-old boys, hunger struck. “I decided to make some pizza pockets, and it didn't go so well," he said.

Caiden had used a plastic tray in the oven, and the tray melted and started on fire. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and used it.

He also called 911.

On the other end of the line was dispatcher Adrian Banks. "He sounded a little nervous," Banks recalled. "He told me that his kitchen was on fire. I told him the main thing was to get out of the house at that point." 

Thanks to Caiden's work with the fire extinguisher and further help from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews, the house suffered minimal damage. 
Banks and Caiden were among several others awarded Monday night for their heroic efforts at the 911 for Kids Heroes Awards Ceremony. Another San Diego boy was also recognized at the event. 

Izaac Castaneda, 6, was able to help dispatchers locate him and his mother during a stressful time, when his mother was having a medical emergency.
Castaneda and his family were not able to make the event, but dispatchers still wanted to honor him for his outstanding work.


Tim Brown, Marcus Allen & Celebs Honor 9-1-1 And Public Safety Leaders At 22nd Annual 9-1-1 For Kids

NENA President Christy Williams presents joint legislative resolution to 9-1-1 for Kids leaders (L-R: Elise Kim (911 for Kids Exec. Dir.), Tim Brown (911 for Kids National Chair), Charlie Cullen (City of Palo Alto PD), and Mark Zaverl (CEO, U.S. Best Repairs))

See Photos From the Event

NFL Legend & 2015 Hall Of Fame Inductee Tim Brown To Honor 9-1-1 Heroes @ Capitol


NFL legend & newly inducted Hall of Famer Tim Brown (Oakland Raiders) flies in to join California 9-1-1 to recognize two heroic youngsters and two 9-1-1 dispatchers at the 2015 California Statewide 9-1-1 Heroes Awards Ceremony presented by 9-1-1 for Kids on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on the North Steps of the State Capitol (1100 L. Street).

The 9-1-1 Local Heroes® Medal of Honor, is bestowed on an individual who distinguishes himself/herself  by gallantry and intrepidity calling 9-1-1 to help save a life or property, or to report a crime.  Equally as important, this award is presented to the 9-1-1 dispatcher/call taker who processed the call, and dispatched the appropriate emergency response help.  The 9-1-1 Local Heroes® Medal of Honor, was created in 1999 in collaboration with the California State Legislature.  It is now an international awards program.

9-1-1 for Kids is the official voice of 9-1-1 caller training and endorsed by: APCO International (Assn. of Public Safety Communications Officials), NG9-1-1 Institute, NENA (National Emergency Number Assn.), and NASNA (National Assn. of Nine-one-one Administrators), and the California Department of Education.


11-year-old boy, Solano dispatchers honored at Capitol

By Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

 A Sacramento County boy whose father was rescued from a trail in the Putah Creek State Wildlife Area early this year, and the dispatchers who helped direct a helicopter crew to his location, were honored at the state Capitol Thursday morning.

Wearing his Boy Scout troop’s red Class B T-shirt, Pritchard accepted a 911 Local Heroes Medal of Honor and certificates from the program and the California State Legislature.

The 911 Heroes committee lauded Pritchard for his actions in an emergency, including giving dispatchers a clear description of his emergency, his quick thinking and determination to not abandon his father.

April is National 911 Education Month and National Dispatchers Appreciation Week
12-Year-Old Girl Honored As National Hero For Saving Sister’s Life During Home Invasion
Bre-Asia Marrow

On September 7, Hamilton County 9-1-1 Telecommunicator (T/C) Amanda Miller answered a 9-1-1 call from a caller who advised a stranger was knocking on the door, possibly trying to break into the home. 

The caller was Bre-Asia Marrow, a 12-year-old female who advised she was home alone with her 11-year-old sister, Azariah. 

Bre-Asia became distraught when it became apparent that the party had entered the apartment.  T/C Miller remained professional and spoke in a calm and reassuring tone during the call, which lasted about 10 minutes.  Miller’s calm demeanor was an important factor in keeping Bre-Asia and her sister calm even when the suspects were in the same room as the girls.


"9-1-1 for Kids is the foundation for all disaster and emergency preparedness and response training. 

Just like recycling, successful public education programs often take root in schools with students effectively carrying critical information home to family members, neighbors, friends and new acquaintances.  9-1-1 for Kids has proven since 1994 to have exceptional effective results."

Richard McCarthy, Executive Director
California Seismic Safety Commission

(US Geological Survey, Costal Commission)


2016 Calendar


California Chapter NENA: Mission Critical

FCC CSRIC Quarterly
National Flood Safety Awareness Week
National Poison Prevention Week

Tim Brown Mentor Mini Camp for Fatherless Boys
California Statewide Legislative 9-1-1 Heroes Awards
City of San Francisco 9-1-1 Heroes Awards

National Dispatcher Appreciation Week
National 911 Education Month
Navigators Conference
National Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

22nd annual Tim Brown 9-1-1 for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic
Motorcycle Safety Month
National Bike Month
National Hurricane Preparedness Week
National Safe Boating Week

NENA National Conference
National Sheriffs Assn. Conference
FCC CSRIC Quarterly
National Safety Month
National Fireworks Safety Month
Home Safety Month
National CPR & AED Awareness Week
Sun Safety Week

National Fireworks Safety Month

APCO International
National Night Out
National Safe at Home Week

National Preparedness Month
FCC CSRIC Quarterly

Red Ribbon Rally
National Fire Prevention Week
National Crime Prevention Week
National Teen Driver Safety Week
Great California Shake Out

National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week

Kathy Ireland Holiday Children’s Celebration
FCC CSRIC Quarterly

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