Review: ‘Rescue 911’

Host: William Shatner.

Host: William Shatner.

Holding up well in the ratings through its fourth semester, “Rescue 911” focuses on true stories of “courage and giving that come from the heart.” The Christmas edition displays the human spirit at its best, right down to a burglar-Santa who ends up making folks smile.

Program covers cases involving emergency units that fulfilled their missions, reenacting what happened.

The Yule episode covers four segs: three young girls who save an 82-year-old stranger’s life by being quick-witted and calling for help; a wife alert enough to reach an off-duty paramedic when a half-ton bale of hay lands on her husband; a neighbor who calls 911 when he hears that the house next door is on fire with a small boy in it; and a woman who finds a man upside-down in her chimney not long after Christmas.

Program’s thrust is the human side of the news and how emergency units are trained to fix bad situations. Host William Shatner adds to the hour’s integrity , and the testimony of people involved in the cases emphasizes the goodness of so many people. The show’s major asset is its utter simplicity; the direct approach still works.

Rescue 911

(Tues. (21), 8-9 p.m., CBS)


Taped by Arnold Shapiro Prods. and CBS Entertainment Prods. Exec producers, Arnold Shapiro, Jean O'Neill; producer-director, Jim Milio; co-producers, Sueann Fincke, Diane Eaton; segment producer, Dan Sterchele; location segment directors , Ron Brody, Michael Collins, Dan Jackson; writers, Aaron Kass, O'Neill.


Music, Stu Goldberg; theme, Scott Roewe.


Cast: George Aguilar, Deborah Berry, Jim Brueck, Joyce M. Cansler, Fred Harper, Derek Hearne, Joseph Hermann, Gary Morgan, Jessi Thurston, Ryan Wright.
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