NENA & Comtech Partner to Honor 9-1-1 Professionals at SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

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December 22, 2022
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NENA announced today that, in partnership with Comtech, it will be honoring America’s 9-1-1 professionals during the 2022 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas, Texas on Dec. 27. The game will be broadcast live nationwide on ESPN.

“We are thrilled to partner with NENA to honor 9-1-1 professionals at this year’s SERVPRO First Responder Bowl,” said Ken Peterman, Comtech’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Whether it’s through Comtech’s technologies and services or our volunteer activities and contributions, we are committed to supporting our first responders in every way possible. As one of this year’s sponsors, we are joining NENA’s #ThankYou911 campaign to raise awareness of our incredibly dedicated, hard-working 9-1-1 professionals and thank all the brave men and women who sacrifice so much in the name of service to their communities.” 

Thanks to NENA and Comtech, ESPN’s broadcasts of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will feature special messages of support for the first first responders in the emergency-response chain who answer more than 240 million calls for help each year. Comtech and NENA are donating hundreds of tickets to 9-1-1 professionals to attend the event, and fans will see #ThankYou911 messages of support and appreciation during the game.

“America’s 9-1-1 professionals are often the unsung heroes of public safety, but that is beginning to change,” said NENA President Laurene Anderson, ENP. “While they may not be as visible as field responders, 9-1-1 center personnel endure incredible stress as they help people in crisis, coordinate emergency services, and build the next generation of 9-1-1 networks. We are grateful to Comtech for helping us bring this message to millions of people.”

NENA’s #ThankYou911 campaign raises public awareness of 9-1-1 professionals and generates expressions of support for the crucial public services they provide. Members of the public are invited to learn more, share pictures and stories, and contribute to education and wellness programs at ThankYou911.org or by texting “NENA” to 71777. Fans also can say thanks on Facebook and Twitter (@911NENA911) using the hashtag #ThankYou911.

First played following the 2010 season, the annual bowl game began honoring first responders during the 2014 game. In 2018, the game was officially renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to show appreciation for first responders.