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Citizen in the Spotlight:

The Paul Nicholson Story

By Yumnah Syed

Paul Nicholson
Citizen in Action Paul Nicholson has been a State Farm Insurance Agent since 1977. Ten years ago, the Eureka, California resident fell off a cement truck and was rushed to the hospital after his wife called 9-1-1.

A talk with his son after the accident, proved to be more life changing than the event itself. His son, approximately 5-years-old, told him he was unsure what to do in an emergency. That simple statement led Nicholson to start educating students on 9-1-1. He remembered he had seen a 9-1-1 call simulator machine at a Red Cross Conference, and pooled contributions from other agents to purchase one.

The biggest challenge he faced was setting up the program and taking it to the first school. Luckily, one of his clients was a principal at a local elementary school. According to Nicholson, once she allowed him to present at her school, "the Humboldt County Risk Manager heard about it, and asked if I would do it for other schools."

"Almost immediately, I was booked by school after school, " Nicholson remarked. He decided to visit one school every week. Each session takes about 5 hours to teach the children, depending on the size of the school. “I am booked almost all year long."

Last year, Nicholson was honored at the State Capitol in Sacramento along with a young man (age 9 at the time) who he had taught to dial 911 in K, 1st and 2nd grades. He called 911 when he was in 3rd grade and saved his mom.

Nicholson eventually met 911 for Kids, and was told about the program through which 911 for Kids will reimburse the cost of items if the local 911 call center places the order and pays for it.

The local 911 call center agreed to purchase 1000 color books so I could give them to all of the kindergarten children. They also ordered enough pencils and stickers so every child could have something.

"I purchased the 911 DVD for every school and gave it to the kindergarten teachers since the characters in the color book are on the DVD," Nicholson said. "Teachers have told me this helps tremendously since the children have the color book and the DVD so the message is much stronger." He also provides 911 refrigerator magnets along with a letter for the parents for every child.

Nicholson says he hopes to continue to keep his program going. "State Farm has given a great opportunity to me as an agent by providing me with excellent products and support." Nicholson says, "I want to give back to the community that supports me and I do not request any funding from anyone."

 

2017 Calendar

911 for Kids Events
911 Heroes Events sponsored by MOTOROLA Solutions

OCTOBER
08-14 National Fire Prevention Week
16-22 National Teen Driver Safety Week
Thu 19 Great California Shake Out
22-24 IACP (Philadephia)
23-31 Red Ribbon Week
All Month National Crime Prevention Month

NOVEMBER
Fri 03 CalNENA Fall Meeting (Palm Springs)
National Teens Don't Text and Drive Week

DECEMBER
Sun 01 Kathy Ireland Holiday Children's Celebration (Orange, CA)
All Month Safe Toys & Gifts Month
All Month Holiday Season Drunk Driving campaign

2018 Calendar

911 for Kids Events
911 Heroes Events sponsored by MOTOROLA Solutions

FEBRUARY
26-3/1 California Chapter NENA: Mission Critical (La Jolla)

MARCH
TBA Tim Brown Mentor Mini Camp for Fatherless Boys (CHP Academy, Sacramento)
TBA California Statewide Legislative 9-1-1 Heroes Awards (Sacramento)
TBA City of San Francisco 9-1-1 Heroes Awards (San Francisco)
13-17 National Flood Safety Awareness Week 19-25 National Poison PRevention Week

APRIL
9-15 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
24-26 Navigators Conference (Las Vegas)
All Month National 911 Education Month
All Month National Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month
All Month National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
TBA Los Angeles County 911 Heroes Awards
TBA Los Angeles City 911 Heroes Awards

MAY
Sun 20 Rock It for Kids: Concert Gala (Golf tournament kick-off) (Affliction Headquarters, Seal Beach, CA)
Mon 21 24th Annual Tim Brown 9-1-1 for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
7-13 National Hurricane Preparedness Week
19-25 National Safe Boating Week
All Month Motorcycle Safety Month All Month National Bike Month

JUNE
16-21 NENA National Conference (Nashville)
15-20 National Sherrifs Assn. Conference (Orlando)
04-08 National CPR & AED Awareness Week
Fri 08 Sun Safety Week
All Month National Safety Month
All Month National Fireworks Safety Month
All Month Home Safety Month

JULY
National Fireworks Safety Month

AUGUST
05-08 APCO International (Las Vegas)
Tue 07 National Night Out
8-11 IAFC (Sallas)
Sat 25 CalOES California Day of Preparedness (Sacramento)

SEPTEMBER
All Month National Preparedness Month
TBA Kathy Ireland Mentor Program for Single Teen Mothers (Orange, CA)

OCTOBER
IACP (Orlando)
07-13 National Fire Prevention Week
17-21 National Teen Driver Safety Week
Thu 20 Great California Shake Out
22-30 Red Ribbon Rally
All Month National Crime Prevention Month

NOVEMBER
TBA Riverside County 911 Heroes Awards
National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week

DECEMBER
Sat 01 Kathy Ireland Holiday Children’s Celebration (Orange, CA)

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