first_imgNENA – The 9-1-1 Association on Wednesday kicked off the NENA Foundation’s “Friends of 9-1-1” fundraising campaign with a special screening of the new film The Call and an in-person appearance by the film’s star, Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry. Liz Montgomery, Maria Moreno, Halle Berry, Yolanda Arroyo, and Gilbert NajarCredit/Copyright: Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc via PRNewsFotoIn the film, which opened in theaters nationwide on March 15, Ms. Berry plays a 9-1-1 operator attempting to save a kidnapped teenage girl. In preparation for the role, Ms. Berry was trained by actual 9-1-1 professionals at a Los Angeles Police Department emergency communications center. At the screening, the actress told more than 180 L.A.-area emergency call takers and other invited guests she was pleased to help launch the NENA campaign.“Like most people, I had no idea what you do,” Berry said. “But after seeing the vastness of it, I wanted to honor you in this role. And I want the world to know you are the unsung heroes of this city and every community in America.”“We are so grateful to Ms. Berry, Sony Pictures, and the entire team involved in this film for their support,” said NENA CEO Brian Fontes. “Through the Friends of 9-1-1, we are expanding our support of education and training programs for 9-1-1 professionals and raising awareness of the issues facing every local 9-1-1 agency.”The NENA Foundation, a nonprofit that develops education and training programs for current and future 9-1-1 professionals. Funds from the Friends of 9-1-1 campaign support: • 9-1-1 career training programs, including special outreach to military service veterans, high school, junior college, and vocational students; • Scholarships, continuing education, and career advancement opportunities for current 9-1-1 professionals; and • Public awareness campaigns designed to educate and inform consumers about the various human resource and other issues affecting the 9-1-1 system.Anyone wishing to support the campaign may visit www.friendsof911.org to make a secure online donation. The NENA Foundation plans to conduct additional fundraising and awareness events and activities in the coming months.Corporate sponsors of the Los Angeles event included Tracfone, Sony Pictures, Verizon, Hitech Systems, Intrado, AT&T, Cassidian, and TKC Consulting.Other special guests included one of the film’s producers, Michael Helfant, and screenwriter Richard D’Ovidio, who joined in a lively discussion session after the screening. The call takers in attendance lauded the cast and creators of the film for its realistic and ground-breaking portrayal of 9-1-1 operations.“A lot of us could relate to this film,” said California NENA President Cheri Lynn Rockwell, ENP. “It brings to life the kinds of stresses we face every day in California and across the nation, and why we need an effort like Friends of 9-1-1.”Said one 9-1-1 call taker after watching the film: “I’ve been a 9-1-1 dispatcher for 22 years, but this makes me excited to go to work tonight.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Gateway Rotary ClubThe Rotary Club of Gateway-Thurston County installed its new Board of Directors on June 29, 2016. They are: President: Eric Rowe; President-Elect: Jeff Ott; Vice President- Kimberley Bauman; Treasurer: Jerry Wilkins; Secretary: Janet Knoblach; Sergeant-at Arms: Patrick Davidson; Director of Youth Service: Mike Babauta; and Past President: Jerry Farmer. Chairpersons for the upcoming year are: Administration: Christine Forrey; Service Projects: Corinn Wohl; Membership: Kathleen Thomas; Public Relations: Dan Nicholson; Literacy: Laurie Carroll, and Foundation: Janine Ezzell. During the installation dinner the following awards and special recognition were presented: Rotarian of the Year: Janine Ezzell, President’s Award: Jonathan Sprouffske, and the Service Above Self Award: Mike Bell.To learn more about the Gateway Rotary Club visit us online and join us for our summer events including the Tour de Lacey and Brats, Brews and Bands Festival.last_img

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In this Nov. 18, 2017 photo, Houston Rockets guards James Harden, left, and Chris Paul warm up before and NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak. So does James Harden. And coach Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined. Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. They’ve led the Houston Rockets to the NBA’s best record going into these playoffs. In a league that Golden State and Cleveland have dominated in recent years this might be the Paul-Harden-D’Antoni triumvirate that breaks through this spring. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)HOUSTON — Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak.So does James Harden.ADVERTISEMENT The Knicks were swept by Boston in 2011, the Lakers swept by the Spurs in 2013, both of those coming in the first round. Before last season, D’Antoni hadn’t won a playoff game in nine years.“We’ve had a great regular season, but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “But what it does mean is that we’re pretty good and if we make big shots and do what we’re supposed to do … then we’ll see if we can do it.”Paul’s failures in the postseason may be even more scrutinized. The nine-time All-Star, who came to Houston in an offseason trade, has made nine playoff trips without advancing past the second round. The worst of those flops came in 2015, ironically against Houston, when Paul and the Clippers had a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals. They got blown out in Game 5, wasted a 19-point second-half lead in Los Angeles in Game 6, then fell in Game 7 at Houston.That was then, Paul said.“It is cool when you stop and think about it,” Paul said. “But for us right now we’re trying to enjoy the moment. Trying to enjoy the process and not worry about all that stuff. Maybe after it’s all said and done you can reflect on it.”Harden knows playoff pain as well. His splendid 2016-17 season was so promising, especially after Houston routed San Antonio, on the road, in Game 1 of the West semifinals. The Spurs won four of the next five, including a 114-75 embarrassing series-clincher in Houston where Harden was held to 10 points.“These last few years I’ve learned that obviously you can’t do it by yourself,” Harden said. “You need guys to step up, make big shots, make big plays and so we have enough guys in here on any given night that can change a playoff series. So that’s what you need. That’s what puts you over the top.”Paul might be the topper Harden needed.From the moment Paul arrived in Houston, Harden raved about what he would bring to the team. After playing with him for a season, the normally reserved Harden was even more effusive in his praise of the fellow guard.“I don’t mean to sound too mushy or what-not but it was like love at first sight,” Harden said. “It was just meant to be.” Matthysse raring to face ‘legend, monster’ Pacquiao Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames And Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined.Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. 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