NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - 5-year-old Taylor Higgins was named the 911 Local Kid Hero of the Year Friday at the Consolidated 911 Center Telecommunicator Awards Ceremony at North Charleston City Hall.
Taylor received a standing ovation in a ceremony that honored Charleston County's dispatchers of the years.
The ceremony included presentations by Sen. Tim Scott, Charleston County Chairman Elliott Summey, and USCG Captain Gary Tomasula, among other officials.
On July 21, 2015, Taylor's mom had a medical emergency after she hit her head. The then 4-year-old had to dial 911 for help.
"Cuz i saw my mom laying on the floor,' Taylor said, "Always call 911 when your parent is in trouble."
The county received approximately 22,000 calls to consolidated dispatch in 2015, a record, according to first responders.
Charleston County leaders are also using April to educate locals about unnecessary calls to 911.
"Our 911 public educators continue to do an amazing job in raising the awareness of how 911 works," said Consolidated Dispatch, in a press release. "This year's focus on pocket dials will help reduce the number of unintentional calls received in our 911 Center so that we are available to answer the true emergency calls that come in."
During the month of April, Charleston County has planned several events focused on public awareness. Events include:
-Carolina Voyager Charter School, April 19
-Charleston County Earth Day Festival, April 23
-3rd Annual Operation Military Child, April 23
-Smart911 Sign Up Day, April 30
2016 awards were presented to Bethany Hearn (Customer Service Award); Joseph Campbell (Lifesaving Award); Molly MacBride (Law Dispatcher of the Year Award); Kim McFadden (Fire Dispatcher of the Year Award); Cody Taylor (Medical Dispatcher of the Year Award); Michael Allen (Call Taker of the Year); Alicia Moultrie (Supervisor of the Year); Marea Quijano-Clark (CTO of the Year); Joselyn May (Attendance Award); Kendra Rine (Rookie of the Year Award).