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Modern-Day Heroes Awarded In Pan-European Public Safety Awards Ceremony

Date: 2017-04-10
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On April 5, 2017 in Budapest, the 112 Awards Ceremony 2017 recognized individuals and organizations from around Europe for their outstanding achievements and their commitment in contributing to public safety.

Over 300 attendees gathered to celebrate some of the most inspiring people from around Europe.

Among others, we were honored to welcome:

  • Mr. David Ginola, Ambassador of the "Adoptons les comportements qui sauvent" first-aid campaign
  • Mr. Jan Jambon, Minister of the Interior of Belgium
  • Mr. Sandor Pinter, Minister of the Interior of Hungary

Meet the winners of the 112 Awards 2017

Honorary 112 award
Mr. David Ginola
Former international football star David Ginola received an award for his role as Ambassador of the French first-aid campaign "Adoptons les comportements qui sauvent". To everyone's surprise, the man who saved the life of David joined him on stage to congratulate him for his work.

Remarkable Crisis Communication award
Team D5, CrisisCentreBelgium
The Belgian team was rewarded for their outstanding work on strategic communications, planning and social media during the Brussels terrorist attacks that took place in March 2016 in the Belgian capital.

Extraordinary Citizen award
Laura Mannes & William Harrison
Laura and William are 2 outstanding citizens who were in holidays in Paris when the terrorist attacks took place. How they reacted to the crisis is admirable: they rushed to the scene to provide help to the wounded with bed sheets and whatever else they could grab from their hotel room.

Life-time Achievement award
John Medland
In an award that was a surprise to everyone present, including John Medland himself, he was rewarded for creating the life-saving technology of Advanced Mobile Location, a method used for emergency caller location. In an unexpected twist, John's family joined him on-stage and handed him the award.

Young superhero award
8-year old Nojus from Lithuania
Little Nojus was handed a "Young superhero" award by Captain Europe himself! The boy saved his father when the latter collapsed while at home. The boy stayed calm despite the stressful situation and managed to get help to his father thanks to 112 awareness and the life-saving technology of Advanced Mobile Location.

Call-taker of the Year award
Ms. Ildikó Zsófia Koncz
When a woman was attacked and escaped her attacker, she asked the police for help. Ms. Koncz managed the call with professionalism and a skill-set that allowed her to get help to the woman, despite the many obstacles encountered.

Remarkable PSAP Achievement award
Regional Civil Protection & Fire Brigade Service of Azores
The Regional Civil Protection & Fire Brigade Service of Azores was rewarded during a celebration that highlighted the recent upgrades it undertook to better protect their citizens despite the many peculiarities of the region.

For more information and photos, see: eena.org

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via European Emergency Number Assn [EENA], 4/5/17)

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