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2016 Hero Award winner honored for his quick action, demeanor

Seth Viel,10, from Delton, was presented the Michigan National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 2016 Hero Award for his heroic actions earlier this year.

Seth was at home with his father, Matt, on Jan. 13 when his dad started experiencing a medical issue. Seth called 911 and stayed on the phone with Barry County Central Dispatch

Telecommunicator Kristina Beach for more than nine minutes until Seth’s mother Jennifer arrived home.

 

His quick thinking and calm demeanor helped Beach gather critical information that helped get responders there as quickly as possible.

Seth was awarded a certificate, an all-expenses paid trip to LegoLand and SeaLife Aquarium and $200 in spending money. Seth and Beach, a telecommunicator for three years, were honored at the NENA conference May 23.

 

Photo: (from left)Telecommunicator Kristina Beach,

Seth Viel, Dr. Matthew Viel.

 

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