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Boy, 12, honored for dialing 911 days after receiving first-responder training

Posted August 3

— A Metro East boy is being hailed a hometown hero when he dialed 911 only days after receiving training by 911 dispatchers.

Holden Fornie attended a youth police academy put on by Millstadt police. The goal of the academy is to teach kids ages 9-12 first responder skills. Fornie was in the academy for 12 years. This year, the group visited the dispatch center.

Three days after the visit, Holden was in the middle of a 911 call. The academy played softball to end the week-long program when one kid was hit in the head with a bat.

"He just dropped immediately and we just saw the blood coming out and I knew to spring into action, so I took off my shirt and I knew because I watch a lot of medical shows to stop the bleeding," said Fornie.

St. Clair County 911 recognized Fornie Wednesday for his courageous and fast-thinking action.

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