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Grand Traverse County 911 Dispatcher Recognized at Times Square Ceremony

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Image from Live-streaming courtesy of National First Responders Children’s Foundation

Real-life heroes are getting some recognition on a national stage, including a 911 dispatcher from northern Michigan.

Times Square in New York is the scene for an awards presentation Friday, all part of an effort to formally designate Oct. 28 as “National First Responders Day.” Governor Whitmer already made the same proclamation for the state of Michigan.

Andrea Holczman on stage (at left)/Courtesy FRCF

Grand Traverse County Dispatcher Andrea Holczman is among those receiving a medal today.  when she helped with the roadside delivery of a baby when the mother called 911 knowing she couldn’t make it all the way to the hospital.

Jillian Crane is the President and CEO of the First Responders Children’s Foundation, and she introduced Holczman at the ceremony. “When dispatcher Holczman heard the baby cry it was the highlight of her career. 911 dispatchers are the first of the first responders. They don’t go out into the field but they remain unseen heroes taking calls to save lives and this case helping one begin,” Crane says.

The House of Representatives in Washington has already declared October 28th as National First Responders Day, and it’s both hoped and expected that the U.S. Senate will follow suit to permanently recognize the day in the future.

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