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Bel Air boy, 10, Receives Gold 911 Award for summoning help for his grandfather

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services recently presented Jack Marshall Dempsey, 10, with a Gold 911 award in recognition of his prompt but ill-fated efforts to save the life of his grandfather.

On the morning of April 1, Jack found his grandfather, Alfred "Ted" Marshall slumped in a chair. The boy immediately called 911 to report his grandfather's condition in an attempt to save his life. Unfortunately, Mr. Marshall had sustained a massive heart attack and later died at the hospital.

As a result of his call to the Harford County 911 Center, in an effort to get urgent medical assistance for his grandfather, Jack was nominated for the Gold 911 award by Nicole Cecchini, a friend of the family.

On June 10, the Department of Emergency Services publicly recognized Jack Dempsey at his school, Bel Air Elementary, for his "bravery and heroic efforts," according to a press release from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services. During the brief ceremony, the youth was presented with a Gold 911 award and a Certificate of Recognition from County Executive David R. Craig.

Kim Stritzinger, public safety dispatcher III and public educator, represented the Harford County Department of Emergency Services and the county executive at the brief recognition ceremony at Bel Air Elementary School.

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