August 23, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Robert S. Ryalls, District Chief
757-565-7603; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JCC Emergency Communication Officers honored
Prevented a suicide; helped find a lost child; recovered a stolen vehicle; worked with heroes - these are the typical day to day scenarios which occur in the life of a Public Safety Emergency Communication Officer. During the month of May, two County Emergency Communication Officers saved two lives in two separate incidences by helping the callers perform CPR until the medics arrived.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Master Emergency Communication Officer Kathy Larrimore answered a call from a citizen on News Road. The caller reported a man convulsing and lying unconscious in a field. After a quick assessment, Larrimore determined that the individual was not showing signs of life. Larrimore gave the caller step-by-step instructions in CPR until medics arrived. Because of the instructions provided by Larrimore, this individual survived.
On May 26, 2011, Senior Emergency Communication Officer Diane Mason answered a call from a visitor on Jamestown Island. The caller advised Mason that his wife had fallen unconscious. Through questioning, Mason determined that the wife was not breathing and needed CPR. Mason gave CPR directions to a bystander who relayed the information to the husband who provided CPR to his wife. Like Larrimore’s call, as a result of the instructions provided by Mason, the caller’s wife survived.
Larrimore and Mason are two shining examples of how James City County’s Public Safety Emergency Communications Center operates as an integral role in the “EMS Chain of Survival”. They have been added to the Center’s “Tree of Life” plaque that displays the names of the Public Safety Communication Officers and the dates when they “saved a life”.
Larrimore photo caption - Pictured l to r: Deputy Director of Emergency Communications Jackie Carroll; Master Emergency Communication Officer Kathy Larrimore and Director of Emergency Communications Julie McKercher
Mason photo caption – Pictured l to r: Deputy Director of Emergency Communications Jackie Carroll; Senior Emergency Communication Officer Diane Mason and Director of Emergency Communications Julie McKercher