Public Safety Dispatcher Teresa Griffitts and six year old, Noah Anumudu being awarded.

From left to right: PSD Teresa Griffitts, Chief Michael Abel, Noah Anumudu, and San Diego Sheriff Captain Todd Frank.

On January 29, 2014 Corona Police Dispatcher Teresa Griffitts was honored at the Annual Local 9-1-1 for Kids Heroes Awards Ceremony & Press Conference at the CalNENA 9-1-1 Mission Critical Training in San Diego.

Griffitts was recognized for her efforts during a 9-1-1 call from six year old, Noah Anumudu.  Noah had called 9-1-1 on October 13, 2013 after his mother had fallen and was unresponsive when he had attempted to wake her. “PSD Griffitts’ tone was compassionate and reassuring. She asked all the Emergency Medical Dispatch questions in a way a small child could understand,” said Sergeant Kim Velasco in a news release.  “After getting the Fire Department and Police Department dispatched, PSD Griffitt’s made sure to let Noah know who was responding and explained to him what to do when they got there. PSD Griffitts did an exceptional job in handling this emergency situation.”

Both PSD Griffitts and Noah were awarded “Medals of Honor” for their heroism as part of an annual ceremony held to recognize heroic acts made by local youth who call 9-1-1 in the face of a disaster or emergency and helped save someone’s life or report a crime.

“Public Safety Dispatchers are the public’s first contact when assistance is needed. Many of the calls that come into the dispatch center touch everyone in one way or another; this being a particular one. This call is truly a great example of the compassion and professionalism our Public Safety Dispatchers demonstrate on a daily basis,” concludes Velasco.

This story is a great reminder of the importance of teaching your child about 9-1-1 and when to use it.  Noah’s knowledge of 9-1-1 and how to use it most likely saved the life of his mother, and this type of education has the ability to save many more lives when used properly.  It’s important to take the time to talk to your children about when to use 9-1-1 and when not to.