As a Howell resident it was easy for Monmouth County Sheriff to make the trip to Farmingdale School earlier this month but the lesson he taught the first grade students should help them a long way down the road.
Golden’s time at the school was part of the Sheriff’s Emergency Education for Kids (SEEK) 9-1-1 program. The goal, he said is to help teach children as young as first grade how to properly dial the emergency number. “The importance of using the 9-1-1 emergency call number is vital to public safety,” he said. “The goal of SEEK 9-1-1 is to teach children how to get help quickly for their own safety and for their families.
The program is offered throughout Monmouth County schools and includes a video and is conducted by Richard Eisenbeis who shows the students how the system works and what it can do to save a life or report an emergency. Students are shown not only how to properly make a 9-1-1 call and also what happens when the calls are made and the students do not talk to the operator.
For Monmouth County the 9-1-1 Communications Center serves 44 of the 53 municipalities in the county and handles close to 1200 calls per day. “The Sheriff’s Office is committed to safety and youth education and we’re proud to make the SEEK 9-1-1 program available to the Farmingdale Public School,” Golden said. “It’s important for students and adults to remember to SEEK 9-1-1 during an emergency.”