May 1, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Last Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue honored the state's 2,500 9-1-1 professionals, and gave special awards to children -- 10-year old Maggie Davis; 10-year old Chuck Massey; 7-year-old Holland Pugh; 8-year old Mario Smith; and 12-year-old Australia Williams -- who demonstrated "composure and maturity in the midst of a crisis."
In the past month, LoJack Corp.'s stolen vehicle recovery system has helped police solve a number of crimes. A Honda Accord was carjacked at gunpoint by two men. Police picked up the silent LoJack signal and followed the signal to a residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where the Accord was recovered, along with semi-automatic hand guns, and money. A backhoe was stolen from a construction site near the Florida Turnpike. The LoJack signal was located and followed to a freighter docked on the Intracoastal Waterway bound for Costa Rica, Venezuela and other South American countries. When officials opened the container, they found not only the LoJack-equipped backhoe, but also another stolen backhoe. A LoJack-equipped 2006 Suzuki GSXR-750 motorcycle was discovered stolen from the owner's apartment complex parking lot in Georgia. The signal was tracked to a chop shop and 18 stolen motorcycles were recovered.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter last week announced that the Colorado Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee has released a new report identifying how Colorado can significantly reduce costs, improve patient outcomes and make the state's healthcare system more efficient and effective.
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