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Three Children to be Honored for "Making the Right Call"

​September 5, 2018                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . Two boys and a girl will be honored by the Prince William County Office of Public Safety Communications on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at 1 p.m. during a "Make the Right Call" presentation. The ceremony will be held at the Sean T. Connaughton Plaza adjacent to the McCoart Government Center, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge (22192) as part of Public Safety Day. If inclement weather cancels the larger event, the children will be recognized in the Board Chambers at McCoart at 1 p.m.

Steven, who was 11 years old at the time, knew to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. He attended to the adult family member during the phone call as well as when emergency responders arrived and transported the adult to the hospital. Telecommunicator J. Watson, who nominated him, said, "For what might be a very frightening time for most children, he stayed very composed and showed great courage during the emergency." She said the Woodbridge-area boy's decisive, mature actions were commendable.

Xavier, who was 10 years old at the time, knew to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. He attended to the adult family member during the phone call, followed the call-takers' pre-arrival instructions, and let emergency responders into the home. The telecommunicator who nominated him commended the Dumfries-area boy's presence of mind and maturity in working with everyone to help the adult in an emergency.

Yaritza, who was 11 years old at the time, knew to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. She helped a juvenile family member who was having a medical emergency. Telecommunicator S. Marion said Yaritza "remained calm and answered all questions asked by the call-taker." She commended the Manassas-area girl for knowing what to do and for her maturity.

"The Make the Right Call program shows the importance of knowing how to properly use 9-1-1 when emergency help is needed," said Fire Chief Kevin J. McGee. "We congratulate these young people for properly using 9-1-1 to help save lives," said Police Chief Barry M. Barnard. The Police and Fire departments jointly administer the Office of Public Safety Communications.

Public Safety Day will be observed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Plaza. There will be demos from Police, Fire & Rescue, Public Safety Communications, the Sheriff's Office, and the County's Office of Emergency Management. The Animal Shelter will also be on hand. Please come out and spend the afternoon with us, including helping us recognize and celebrate the young people who made "the right call."

For more information, please contact Nita Lapihuska at 703-792-7068.

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