While everyone was watching the Super Bowl (news flash, the Eagles beat the Patriots) a story from New Year’s Eve in northern South Dakota came to light.

An eight year old girl is being called a hero after helping a World War Two veteran escape a house fire.  The girl was with her grandparents in a car on New Year’s Day in Hecla when she saw smoke coming from a house.   She insisted on stopping to see what was going on.

As they pulled up, the 92 year old veteran was stumbling from the burning house.  The girl and her grandparents got him to safety and waited with him for an ambulance.

You can read the entire story here:

That eight year old made a difference.  She helped to save a life – the life of a fast diminishing group of national treasures, our World War Two veterans.

It’s proof that one person in the right place can make all the difference in the world.   Just like you calling 811 before digging.

Making that free call to get an underground utility locating service out to your job site before excavation begins is one of the single most important things you can do for workplace safety.

Utility locating services coupled with the call to 811 are free.

When you get to your job site and see the underground utility markers stuck into the ground, their bright colors giving you guidance about safe digging, you will have made a difference.  You or someone else will go home safe because you made that call, and because you obeyed the safety markers.

So be a hero.  Call us at South Dakota 811 before you dig.  Take full advantage of  free line locates from professional utility locating services after we notify them of your intent to dig and location.

There are 364 days until the next Super Bowl.   Be the 811 MVP on every one of them!

Until next week, safe digging!

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