911 Recognition Program


The primary purpose of the Illinois APCO and NENA 911 Recognition Award program is to recognize and reward a person who demonstrated knowledge of the proper use of 911 by performing some heroic action during the course of the emergency/call and to promote public education and awareness of 911.  


Heroes must meet the following criteria developed by the Illinois APCO and NENA Public Education Committee.  If these criteria are met, the person will be recognized by the committee, receiving an award as well as publicized over various social media outlets sponsored by the committee.

  • Heroic event must be ongoing or have occurred during the period January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.   
  • If the caller is a child, the 9-1-1 call must be self-initiated by the child and/or either the child followed pre-arrival instructions, or performed some other heroic act.
  • The person must have performed some heroic action in the course of the emergency that contributed to:
    • Saving a life
    • Significantly reducing property loss
    • Apprehending a criminal and or stopping a crime
  • The agency submitting the nomination should complete the recognition nomination form including a brief summary of the incident.  If possible, an audio recording of the 9-1-1 call should accompany the 9-1-1 Recognition Nomination form. 


Nomination forms (PDF) must be received by April 7th, 2014 to be considered.  The award is to be presented during the month of April in recognition of National 911 Education Month.