Teamwork, social media helped save woman’s life
CENTREVILLE — When you dial 911 in Queen Anne’s County, the phone is answered by tele-communicators from the county’s Department of Emergency Services.
Teamwork between county tele-communicators and the sheriff’s office is credited with saving the life of a suicidal woman last May.
On May 12, someone posted suicidal thoughts and a plan to end her life by jumping off the Kent Narrows Bridge. A concerned Facebook friend called a suicide hotline, which in turn contact the county’s 911 center at the Department of Emergency Ser vices.
Tele-communicators Ronnie Harrison, Jay Kundrat, Kevin Carson and Michelle Miller did a little detective work. They used 911 software and Facebook to figure out who the woman was and where she lived. Kevin Carson was also able to locate the woman’s location by a Facebook post.
Some deputies responded to the woman’s residence, while Deputy Terry Copper headed to the Kent Narrows Bridge. Copper located the woman and was able to thwart the suicide attempt and help the woman who was in distress.
The Maryland Emergency Number Association and the Maryland Emergency Number Systems Board honored all those involved during their annual 9-1-1 Day of Celebration in September.
During the commission meeting on Nov. 8, the commissioners also recognized Ronnie Harrison, Jay Kundrat, Kevin Carson, Michelle Miller and Deputy Terry Copper with a proclamation for “their dedication to the safety and wellness of all citizens of Queen Anne’s County.”
From left: Sheriff Gary Hofmann, Commissioner Jim Moran, Deputy Terry Copper, Commissioner Stephen Wilson, Tele-communicators Lt. Ronnie Harrison, Jay Kundrat, Michelle Miller, and Commissioners Jack Wilson and Mark Anderson.