A ceremony was held at the Coffee County 911 Center in Manchester.
The award recognizes Representative Judd Matheny for legislative excellence and leadership. The award was presented by TN911 President John Stuermer (Hamilton County), Executive Director Phillip Noel (Bedford County) and Jimmy Bradford, Chairman of the Coffee County 911 Board.
“Representative Matheny has been rightly called the ‘Lion of 911′ by many leaders of the emergency communications community, for his leadership over the past decade in fostering legislative changes to restructure, modernize, and protect the life-saving 911 system upon which all Tennesseans depend,” Mr. Stuermer said.
Chuck Haston and Steve DeFord, Directors of the 911 Districts in Warren and Coffee County, noted that Rep. Matheny’s efforts have provided fairness in funding the 911 service, culminating in historic legislation enacted last year, which made Tennessee a national model for 911.