Lo­cal public safety dis­patch­ers hon­ored

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School -

CENTREVILLE — On Sept. 14 sev­eral public safety dis­patch­ers from Queen Anne’s County were hon­ored with be­ing named Tele-com­mu­ni­ca­tor of the year by the Mary­land Emer­gency Num­bers Sys­tem Board. Queen Anne’s County Tele-com­mu­ni­ca­tors of the Year are CShift team mem­bers: Lieu­tenant Brian Wil­ley, Lieu­tenant Kevin Car­son, Public Safety Dis­patcher De­bra Shel­ton and Public Safety Dis­patcher Wil­liam McKercher.

Just af­ter mid­night on De­cem­ber 29, 2016, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Deputy First Class Scott Ho­gan was in­jured by a shot­gun blast af­ter re­spond­ing to a do­mes­tic call for ser­vice. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions “C”-Shift was work­ing that evening when they heard the Deputy call out “shots fired, of­fi­cer down!” The crew took im­me­di­ate ac­tion and demon­strated true pro­fes­sion­al­ism and team­work to en­sure the in­jured deputy re­ceived the re­sources nec­es­sary to man­age his life threat­en­ing in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs, the four tele-com­mu­ni­ca­tors who make up this shift were rec­og­nized for con­sis­tently per­form­ing their du­ties uti­liz­ing an ac­tive team work ap­proach, while dis­play­ing com­pas­sion and con­cern for oth­ers. De­spite the stress­ful con­di­tions, the ac­tions of these tele-com­mu­ni­ca­tors and the first re­spon­ders on the scene that night re­sulted in a pos­i­tive out­come for the in­jured deputy.

From left, As­sis­tant Chief Jim Al­free, Di­rec­tor Scott Haas, Lieu­tenant Kevin Car­son, Public Safety Dis­patcher Wil­liam McKercher, Lieu­tenant Brian Wil­ley, and As­sis­tant Chief Scott Wheat­ley re­cently at­tended the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tor of the Year Awards hosted by the Mary­land Emer­gency Num­bers Sys­tem Board. Not pic­tured, but also hon­ored, is Public Safety Dis­patcher De­bra Shel­ton.

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