Thirty-one brave youngsters have been honoured for their heroic and life-saving actions in the face of an emergency at the 14th annual Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards.
Local Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP, congratulated the Triple Zero Heroes in Shepparton who received Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) awards for keeping calm under pressure and calling Victoria’s triple zero service to seek assistance.
Among the award winners was Adam Kennedy, 11-year-old Adam called triple zero when his mum started to have diabetes complications, he knew just what to do when faced with an emergency.
Also an award recipient was Jenna Holland, the 13-year-old called triple zero when she witnessed a multiple car collision.
Mark Gepp said these stories of bravery are a perfect reminder to all Victorians about the importance of teaching children how to identify, confidently react to and report legitimate emergencies by calling triple zero.
In 2016–17, ESTA answered more than 2.5 million calls for assistance across Victoria, an average of almost 7000 calls each day or a call every 12 seconds.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP
“ESTA’s triple zero operators work under pressure to help Victorians who need help, responding to nearly 7000 calls a day.”
“I am very proud to see our local Triple Zero Heroes being recognised for their brave actions in the face of a crisis.”
“I thank our young heroes for showing everyone how vital it is to remain calm and know what to do in an emergency.”