Politics & Government

Governor recognizes Houston boy for calling 911 to save lives

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized a Houston County boy Tuesday for using 911 to safe lives in an emergency.

Jacob Thomson, 10, was among three children honored at an annual ceremony at the Georgia Capitol.

Thomson was riding in a minivan on Interstate 75 on June 18, 2009, when his mother had a seizure, according to the ceremony program. Jacob, who was 9 at the time, grabbed the steering wheel and called 911 from his mother’s cell phone. He was eventually able to pull the minivan to a stop along the side of the road and was credited with saving his life, his mother’s life and the lives of other drivers along I-75.

The recognition was part of 911 Day to honor the state’s 2,500 911 professionals, according to a governor’s office news release.“When emergencies occur, minutes and sometimes even seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” Perdue said in a news release. “I am honored to recognize the state’s 911 professionals who save lives every day, and say ‘thank you’ for a job well done.”