Landon Bisson Recognized with the NC811 Safety Community Service Award

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- NC811 recognizes young adults from organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, FFA, etc. for considering safe digging practices when they conduct a community service project. The award can be earned by completing a project where digging will take place and a call is made to 811 to have the underground utilities located. Once the project is completed, an application is submitted for consideration along with a copy of the locate ticket from calling 811. Striking a utility line while digging can lead to injury, penalties, repair costs, and inconvenient outages. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

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Landon Bisson is a Junior at North Lincoln High School and a member of BSA Troop-84 located in Denver, NC.  In early April of 2016, Landon began his project, after giving thought to a service project in hopes of reaching his goal of Eagle Scout.  Landon chose a project that would be meaningful to his community, his former elementary School, Rock Springs Elementary. After calling 811 to locate underground utilities, Landon coordinated a landscaping project of planting trees, including a tree in honor of a student who had passed away, and erecting "buddy benches" which is a way to combat bullying. The idea of the buddy bench is for students who are feeling bullied in any way, sits on this bench, which shows other students a need for friendship without having to say anything. Mr. Bisson is the third recipient of the safety community service award in North Carolina.

On Friday, September 23rd, 2016, NC811 presented a safety community service award package that included a service award ribbon for his troop, service award patches to those that volunteered and a service award marker to be placed at the project location to highlight their commitment to damage prevention along with his scoutmaster that awarded Landon his Eagle Scout. "The goal of the NC811 Safety Community Service Award is to distinguish dedicated young men and women for their diligence in safely completing community projects by digging safely.  This is truly the type of Excavator that NC811 is looking for:  The commitment to making the Call to 811, Waiting the required time, Respecting the Marks, and Digging Safely," stated Ann Rushing-NC811 Education Manager. To be considered for a Safety Community Service Award, visit www.nc811.org

About NC811
Since 1978 North Carolina 811 has provided you a fast and easy communications link with your local utility providers. You give us information about your excavation, we transmit the information to the utilities and then they send out locators to mark your underground lines for FREE. So remember, call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.

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