Next week, at the 23rd annual 911 Oklahoma Public Safety Conference, two local residents are going to be recognized as heroes. Justin Beaver, communication systems manager for the City of Shawnee, is set to receive an award as 911 Technology Person of the Year and 13-year-old Braydon Self of Tecumseh has been designated Child Hero.

Next week, at the 23rd annual 911 Oklahoma Public Safety Conference, two local residents are going to be recognized as heroes. Justin Beaver, communication systems manager for the City of Shawnee, is set to receive an award as 911 Technology Person of the Year and 13-year-old Braydon Self of Tecumseh has been designated Child Hero.

Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Director Don Lynch said his department is very proud that Beaver is being recognized for his achievements.

“He is a dedicated employee who brings great skills to the City of Shawnee,” he said.

Beaver is responsible for managing the city's radio and telephone systems, which include three radio transmitter sites, phone systems for all city facilities, and a fleet of more than 500 mobile and portable radios.

“He is also involved in maintaining the outdoor warning sirens for Shawnee,” Lynch said. “Every day he exhibits a willingness to help support and improve communications throughout our region and across the state.”

Beaver reflects great credit upon the City of Shawnee, Lynch said.

The conference is Sunday through Wednesday at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa.

Others honored will be:

• Kelly Kidwell of the Chickasaw Nation Police Dept will receive the award for Everyday Hero;

• Telecommunicator of the Year (911 Dispatcher) is Misty Burke of Wagoner County 911; and

• 911 Center of the Year goes to Woodward County 911

According to okpsc.org, the Oklahoma Public Safety Conference is the largest gathering of the public safety communications community in Oklahoma.

The four-day training event is hosted by the Oklahoma Chapters of APCO International and the National Emergency Number Association.