County honors 911 workers by declaring Emergency Day

September 11, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

The Carroll commissioners have honored workers at the county's Emergency Operations Center by declaring today "911 Emergency Number Day."

The dispatchers and their supervisors are being honored for their dedication, professionalism, commitment and lifesaving techniques while answering 29,162 emergency 911 calls in 1993.

The commissioners praised the staff at the emergency center during the proclamation at the county office building Thursday.

Howard S. "Buddy" Redman, chief of the Bureau of Emergency Services Operations, said the employees who staff the center perform their duties around the clock all year. Many of the dispatchers are fire and emergency medical services volunteers in their communities.

He said two of the dispatchers were honored for assisting in the delivery of a baby while the medic unit was on its way.

When the crew of the medic unit arrived at the house, baby and mother were taken to a local hospital.

Union Bridge Fire Chief Dave Nelson, one of the dispatchers, also was credited with saving the life of a newborn baby, Zachary Lefko, who was choking.

He instructed the father to clear the infant's throat and breathe into its mouth.

"I don't remember much about it," Mr. Lefko said at a ceremony honoring Mr. Nelson last year. "But I remember this much -- the baby was turning blue."

Mr. Redman said the dispatchers regularly give cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructions over the telephonebefore medics arrive. It is not known how many lives that practice has saved, he said.

In Thursday's proclamation, the commissioners said they were proud of the emergency center personnel, their training level and their commitment to the community.

"We applaud the 911 system and the dedicated employees who staff the service and honor the emergency responders who perform the needed assistance," the proclamation said.

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