ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Orange County honored its first responders at a ceremony Monday that also highlighted a new lifesaving technology the county is using called Smart911.
It's a service that provides health and location information to emergency responders and enables faster response when 911 is called or texted on a cellphone in areas that use Smart911.
Orange County resident John Nettles said his wife, Carol, a nurse, had registered with Smart911, and it proved life saving when he suffered a heart attack on his farm.
"They had my entire medical history. They knew what to do. They knew access to the farm," he said.
And the information Smart911 provided allowed EMTs to call ahead to the hospital so Nettles bypassed the emergency room and was quickly seen and treated at Martha Jefferson Hospital by a cardiologist.
Orange County Fire and EMS paramedic Kyle Ronn said the technology made a difference.
"It gave us ample time to figure out where he was, all of his history that he had put on to the Smart911 system, and it let us know what we were getting ourselves into before we even got there," he said.
Orange County is currently the only locality in the Charlottesville area using Smart911.