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ASD’s Suicide Telephone Operator Patch (STOP) System Wins 2017 NFDA Innovation Award

Nov 02, 2017

ASD was named the winner of the 2017 NFDA Innovation Award at
the annual convention this week in Boston, MA. This prestigious award is given annually to a
funeral service vendor whose product or service was introduced during the previous
year and represents creativity, innovation and excellence. To receive this
year’s award is especially meaningful for us here at ASD because we were
recognized for our
Suicide Telephone Operator Patch System (STOP), a
feature that was invented by ASD solely to help those in crisis.

Established in 2009, the NFDA Innovation Award
is given annually to a funeral service vendor whose product or service was
introduced during the previous year and exemplifies creativity, innovation and

The award represents the pinnacle of achievement for a funeral
service vendor. In fact, this is the third time ASD has received this coveted
award. In 2012, ASD received the Innovation Award for their game-changing
smartphone app,
ASD Mobile and in 2015 ASD was recognized again for
their patented
MobileFH® feature.

ASD Family-Member Owner, Kevin Czachor,
was on stage to accept the prestigious award from NFDA Past President,
, at the Opening General Session of the NFDA’s International
Convention & Expo. Within minutes of the announcement, ASD’s social sites
began to fill up with comments from funeral professionals showing their support
and appreciation for this mobile tool.

“We are humbled to be recognized by the NFDA with our third
Innovation Award and for an opportunity to raise awareness about suicide
prevention,” said ASD Vice President and Family-Member Owner, Kevin Czachor. “The STOP System was created by ASD with a specific purpose of helping those who are at risk of taking their own life. By linking ASD staff to qualified, suicide prevention operators, we can help ensure that those who are suffering receive immediate counseling, guidance and support.””

Please check back on the ASD blog next week for more information
about this exciting announcement and for a complete recap of our time in Boston
at the NFDA Convention.

About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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