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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call, made in Haleyville, AL on February 16, 1968. For half a century, 911 has been the gateway between the public and emergency help, and it will continue to be there as a lifeline to help people when they need it most. Though the profession, technology and industry have changed over the years, the desire to make a difference in people’s lives remains the same.

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The NG911 Institute will commemorate the 50th anniversary at the 15th Annual Honor Award reception in Washington D.C. on February 14th from 5-8pm. Congressional members, public safety professionals, and members of the general public will recognize fellow 9-1-1 heroes and leaders. Join us in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building.

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50th Anniversary - Subheader - Submit your stories

Do you have a story that exemplifies the importance of 9-1-1 or shows the dedication and heroism of 9-1-1 professional? If so, we’d love to feature it on the site and share it with the 9-1-1 community throughout the year.

We ask that you please submit either:

(a) short videos (1-2 minutes) about a memorable 911 call(s) that you received as a 9-1-1 telecommunicator, or that you made to save a life, or that someone else made to save your life; or

(b) a short written summary of the same (up to 700 words).


Submissions can be sent to contactus@ng911institute.org with the subject line: “50th Anniversary Stories.”

Please note that any video or written submission may be used by the Institute to publicly promote the 50th anniversary

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First 911 Call - February 18, 1968