Foundation promotes 'best selves' as lifesaving technique

Jill Plush (right), co-founder of the Kyle Plush Answer the Call Foundation, and volunteer Mary Mullins, met with the Marshall County Fiscal Court during a special-called meeting Wednesday morning. Ron Plush (not pictured) also participated in the presentation via live video chat.

In April 2018, the Plushes' 16-year-old son, Kyle, died of asphyxiation in his school's parking lot in Cincinnati after making two phone calls to 911 asking for assistance. Jill said a seat fell on top of Kyle and pinned him down with his hands trapped behind his back. He utilized Siri to call 911 and both times gave his name, location in the parking lot, model and color of the van he was in with urgent please for help because he knew he was dying.

His father, Ron, found him dead six hours later.

Jill said the mission of the foundation is encouraging and uplifting families and communities to live their best lives and advocate for common-sense public safety policy, as well as positive and healthy work environments for dispatchers and first responders. Their goal is to make sure no call goes unanswered again.

"Be your best self each and every day," she said. "Because we believe if one person had been their best self that day, our son would be alive today."

The presentation may be viewed in full on The Marshall County Tribune-Courier YouTube channel, titled, 'Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 7 24 2019.' For more information about the foundation visit the Kyle Plush Answer the Call Foundation on Facebook or kyleplushanswerthecall.org.

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Jill Plush (right), co-founder of the Kyle Plush Answer the Call Foundation, and volunteer Mary Mullins, met with the Marshall County Fiscal Court during a special-called meeting Wednesday morning to share the mission of their foundation. Ron Plush (not pictured) also participated in the presentation via live video chat.

In April 2018, the Plushes' 16-year-old son, Kyle, died of asphyxiation in his school's parking lot in Cincinnati after making two phone calls to 911 asking for assistance. Jill said a seat fell on top of Kyle and pinned him down with his hands trapped behind his back. He utilized Siri to call 911 and both times gave his name, location in the parking lot, model and color of the van he was in, with urgent pleas for help because he knew he was dying.

His father, Ron, found him dead six hours later.

Jill said the mission of the foundation is encouraging and uplifting families and communities to live their best lives and advocate for common-sense public safety policy, as well as positive and healthy work environments for dispatchers and first responders. Their goal is to make sure no call goes unanswered again.

"Be your best self each and every day," she said. "Because we believe if one person had been their best self that day, our son would be alive today."

The presentation may be viewed in full on The Marshall County Tribune-Courier YouTube channel, titled, 'Fiscal Court Special Called Meeting 7 24 2019.' For more information about the foundation visit the Kyle Plush Answer the Call Foundation on Facebook or kyleplushanswerthecall.org.

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