Due to the age of these activations, we strongly recommend checking with the agency or contact person prior to taking any action.
12/30/13: KATHY BLAGDON, LINCOLN COUNTY 9-1-1 (ME). CANCER SUPPORT NEEDED Kathy Blagdon has been instrumental in many aspects of the 911 environment. She has played and served in many capacities and is a true leader within our center. Recently, she has come forward with news to us they have found two tumors on her spine, which are cancerous. She has already begun various treatments and will be undergoing a stem cell implant during the month of January. Kathy has been involved in 911 for over 29 years! She has also been a reserve officer for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, and the Damariscotta Police Department. She is a past president of NENA, has been a volunteer for many years on numerous committees, and currently serves as the liaison with Maine EMS overseeing the Emergency Medical Dispatch training within our center. She also was most recently proud of her accomplishments of completing and becoming a Registered Public Safety Leader! She is truly a great leader within the industry. I hope there is some way we can help her during this difficult time, as she is so very deserving of it. Anyone wishing to send cards, notes, words of encouragement, can send them to: Kathy Blagdon, RPL, PO Box 403, Wiscasset, Maine 04578. Any other donations or gifts, may be forwarded to Mark A. Creamer, Lincoln County 911 Supervisor, PO Box 249. Wiscasset, Maine 04578
12/10/13: MIKE RITCHIE, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL (CHP-ORANGE COUNTY), CANCER SUPPORT NEEDED Mike Ritchie is a 42-year-old CHP Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor I and former officer and dispatcher with El Cajon Police Department. Mike joined the CHP in 2007. In July 2012, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, which had metastasized to his liver. Mike has been off work since his diagnosis. Although given a terminal diagnosis, he is determined to fight the cancer through aggressive chemotherapy and a healthy diet. His wife Christine and their son Kaleb are his motivations to continue his fight. Kaleb, a leukemia survivor, already suffered the loss of his birth father years earlier, and Mike is determined to do everything within his power to fulfill his role as father and husband. Mike has exhausted his leave credits and they are getting by on Christine’s salary with the school district. Although she hasn’t been at that job for very long, her supervisors and peers have been supportive in her need for time off. What is most striking about Mike’s response to his illness is his positive attitude. Mike refuses to feel sorry for himself and repeatedly expresses gratitude for the support shown by his family, friends, and the CHP. Cards, letters, notes and support can be sent to: Mike Ritchie, California Highway Patrol, Orange County Communications Center, 6681 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618.
12/09/13: TINA JONES, ODESSA PD (TX). SUPPORT NEEDED Public Safety Communications Dispatcher Tina Jones Is suffering from complications of a disease called Myasthenia Gravis. She has been on a ventilator since Nov 26th. Tina was diagnosed with the disease last February and was forced to retire, and give up her position as a Communication's Supervisor which she had held for many, many years. She made a remarkable recovery (remission) and was able to come out of the medically forced retirement, and was working part time, for the past several months. She was in the process of applying for the supervisor position again, and getting her benefits ( insurance, etc) back, when the disease took her in a reverse direction. She would have had 20 years of service completed in 2014. Tina has been a huge supporter and follower of 911Cares for as long as I can remember, and always kept a jar on the dispatch counter for everyones spare change. I can't even begin to imagine what her medical expenses will be totaling up to, but her medications alone to control the disease were unbelievably high before this setback. While donations to assist with her medical expenses would be fantastic, cards and letters of encouragement would also be appreciated to keep her spirits up. Thank you for your time and consideration. Cindy Knight, 1024 Breezewood Dr, Arlington,TX. 76017
12/09/13: PAUL, SAN JUAN COUNTY (NM). SUPPORT FOR DAUGHTER-FUND RAISER INFO Paul is a very hard worker and all around nice guy. Paul's daughter is fighting leukemia and has been for a while. Paul doesn’t let the stress affect his work performance or the way he interacts with co-workers and callers. Both he and his wife have served our country and they have never asked for anything; it’s all been initiated by caring co-workers and family members when they saw what a huge financial strain it is for them when it comes to the traveling and all of the costs not covered by the insurance. Local support has been tremendous but there are still expenses that they could use help with so a family member has started a fund raising webpage. Any assistance at all, no matter how small, is appreciated!! Thanks! Sheri Rogers, Systems Administrator, San Juan County Communications Authority
12/09/13: CINDY HENDERSON, PIMA COUNTY (AZ). SUPPORT NEEDED Cindy is a 12 year veteran of our department and a 33 year old single mother of 3, who suffered a stroke last month out of the blue. Cindy has been out of work since October 30th, and is undergoing in-patient rehab. We were able to make her mortgage payment with the help of some generous employees and an Officer’s association donation, but she is still in need of help. She will have medical bills to cover, so anything would be helpful. Thanks in advance for your help! Have a great day. Talia M. Carey, Pima County Sheriff's Dept, Communications Administrative Supervisor, 1750 E. Benson Hwy, Tucson, AZ 85714
11/29/13: CJ Deusenberry, UC Davis PD (CA). Support Needed CJ Deusenberry has been a public safety dispatcher for UC Davis Police Dept. for over 25 years and was planning to retire within the next year, until a horrific car accident changed all that. While driving to work, CJ’s niece (Kelsa), a single mother of two, was in a horrible traffic accident which has left her paralyzed and on a ventilator. Leaving CJ and Kelsa’s twin sister Tasha to care for Kelsa’s two young daughters ages 7 and 4. CJ is usually the one who creates fund raisers, and who helps others in need, so this is very unusual for her to admit she needs financial and emotional support during this trying time. They are especially trying to keep the girls routines the same as much as possible. But it has been hard spending the holidays in the hospital. Please send any cards, notes or prayers to: University of California Davis Police Department, One Shields Ave., Davis CA 95616. Attn: CJ Deusenberry. Or any email can be addressed to me and I will send it her way. Thank you!! Tracey Peterson, Dispatcher, UCD Police
11/22/13: CHRISTY SHIDAL, HURST PD (TX). CANCER SUPPORT NEEDED Christy Shidal has been a dispatcher off and on for over a decade and is currently employed with Hurst Police Department. Christy has been here for a little over a year and is an integral member of our dispatch family. In October, Christy began to feel ill and went to the Dr several times with no relief. On Friday, October 18th, Christy received an emergency call from her Dr that she needed to immediately go to the emergency room because they found that her white blood cell count was so high that she was in danger of dying from a stroke. Christy was immediately placed in ICU and they worked for several days to get her white blood cell count down out of the danger zone for a stroke. Once her levels came down from the danger zone, they immediately began daily chemo for the Leukemia. Christy is the first person to step up and help anyone in need, and in return is the last person to say she is in need. In fact she will tell you that she doesn't want to ask for anything because that would take away from someone in need. Christy is a dedicated member of our team, and is always one of the first people to step up when anyone else needs assistance, whether work related or personal. Cards or other support can be sent to: Misty George, Hurst Police Department Dispatch, 825 Thousand Oaks Dr, Hurst TX 76054
11/22/13: AMBER TRIMBLE, TULARE COUNTY (CA) FIRE. SUPPORT NEEDED On June 30, 2013, Amber Trimble joined the TCFD family as an Emergency Dispatcher in FireComm. Over the next few months she progressed rapidly through training and was nearing becoming a fully functional solo dispatcher when, on September 29, 2013, her world was turned upside down. After working a shift in FireComm, Amber and some friends took a motorcycle ride. The motorcycle she was on drifted into oncoming traffic and was struck head on, ejecting both of its passengers and bursting into flames. Amber was airlifted to CRMC in critical condition. Amber suffered many broken bones, on all extremities, as well as her pelvis and ribs. Additionally she suffered internal injuries, including a collapsed lung. Unfortunately, Amber was still a probationary employee when this incident occurred. Thankfully her position is being held until she returns; however, because of her non-permanent status (regular employee), the county will not allow a vacation donation bank to be established for her. Amber is only receiving a portion of her income through California Disability Insurance (SDI). Amber's healing process will be a long one, both physically and emotionally as she lost a very dear friend to her in the accident. There is only so much that we can do to help her with the physical and emotional healing. The one thing we can help with is the financial burden being placed on her by not having her full income and having to pay for her Cobra Insurance (an over $500/mo expense she did not have previously). We ask that you consider making a monetary donation to help relieve the financial burden Amber is bearing because of this tragic incident. All money will go directly to Amber and will be used to cover her Cobra Insurance as well as any other expenses she needs assistance with. No amount is too small, as any donations will help. Thanks Again, Michelle Allen, Visalia Police and Fire Dept
11/09/13: LYNDE COOK, UKIAH CHP (CA). PASSING OF A DISPATCHER Our friends at the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Dispatch Center has suffered the loss of a Public Safety Dispatcher. Although Lynde Cook has been battling cancer for about two-years, she ultimately lost her fight on November 7th. This is a small Communications Center located in Northern California, and we are sending them good thoughts and prayers and ask the same of you as they grieve a good friend and fellow 9-1-1 professional. If you'd like to send a card: Ukiah CHP Dispatch, 540 South Orchard Avenue, Ukiah, CA. 95482
11/01/13: KARI GONZALES, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PD & LOVELAND PD. SUPPORT NEEDED Kari has been in public safety for 23 years. She dispatched for the Loveland Police Department for many years and is currently working for Colorado State University dispatch. Kari’s daughter, Mykalah, was born with severe intestinal issues and received a transplant shortly after. The first few years of her life were quite a struggle. Mykalah is now 20 years old and has grown into a beautiful young lady. Last week she began to have severe abdominal pain and spiked a fever of 105 degrees. She was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Denver. After many tests, doctors believe that her body is beginning to reject the transplant. This is causing multiple additional health issues. Mykalah is now being flown to University of Nebraska hospital in Omaha, Nebraska for more specialized treatment. Kari, understandably, is not planning to leave her daughter’s side. Her specific needs are unknown at this point, but Kari will be out of work for an undetermined amount of time. Because she will be in a different state and away from home, family and her support system, we are asking for prayers, thoughts and any support through gift cards you may be able to help with. Please send any cards of support to: Loveland Emergency Communications Center, 911 Cares Activation, 810 E 10th St., Loveland, Co. 80537. Thank you, Beverly Archuleta
10/23/13: CHRISTY HARTLEY, ROGER MILLS COUNTY (OK) SHERIFF'S OFFICE. HOUSE FIRE I was notified last week of a dispatcher that sent responders to her own home that was on fire. The incident happened on 09-25-2013. The house was a total loss. She is a single mom of 4 kids and is now living with her parents. She owned her home and has a mortgage but her insurance had lapsed therefore there is no coverage. After dispatching the fire she had to stay on duty until relief could be brought in. Below is her contact information. She has been a dispatcher for Roger Mills Co Sheriffs Office for 7 years and prior to that she worked as a dispatcher for Beckham County Sheriffs Office for 2 1/2 years. If there is anything that can be done to help her then that would be great. Her contact information: Christy Hartley, 9374 Hwy 30, Reydon, OK 73660. Kids: Girls: Jacey-14 Kaley-12 Joley-9 and a boy: Braegan-7. Thank you, Lance Terry, Communication Systems Manager, Norman, Oklahoma, 405-366-5268
10/14/13: BRYAN SCHIEFERSTEIN, DELAWARE STATE POLICE. TRAGIC DEATH Delaware State Police are investigating a single-car crash that killed a man in Georgetown over the weekend. Investigators said that shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday, 25-year-old Bryan Schieferstein of Millsboro was driving a 2012 Kia when he struck an embankment on Seashore Highway at Cokesbury Road. The vehicle was then vaulted into the air it struck a tree head-on, police said. Police said Schieferstein, who was wearing his seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Delaware State Police Cpl. Greg Fournier told WBOC that Schieferstein was a 7-year employee of DSP who worked as a dispatcher at the Emergency Operations Center in Sussex County.Below is the information on the loss of one of the Delaware State Police Dispatchers from our Center. Bryan was on his way to work when the crash happened. He leaves behind a young daughter. Cards can be sent to: Delaware State Police Communications / SUSCOM, PO Box 589, Georgetown, DE 19947. Thanks for all you do. Debbie Jones, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Sussex County Emergency Operations, 21911 Rudder Lane, P.O. Box 589, Georgetown, DE 19947
10/14/13: CHAD AUCKER, SNYDER COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES. MEDICAL SUPPORT NEEDED Chad Aucker is the 911 Coordinator at Snyder Co Emergency Services. He has been employed as a 911 Dispatcher since early 1998. Chad is also employed part-time with the DH&L Ambulance Service in Selinsgrove, PA as an EMT and is a volunteer firefighter EMT with the Kreamer Volunteer Fire Department. Chad is married with 7- and 5-year-old daughters. I am requesting any and all support that can be provided for Chad and his family during this time of need. The 911 Centers address is 30 Universal Road, Selìnsgrove, PA 17870. Update: Chad is still in need of prayer and support. Chad has currently been moved from ICU into a special cardiac unit of the hospital. At this point they have been unsuccessful with any treatments. They are continuing to try different medications and are going to do a procedure as soon as his levels are stabilized. His infection throughout his body has cleared up. At this point he is not out of the woods and still requires as much support as we can give him and his family.
10/11/13: TIFFANY MATTHEWS, MURFREESBORO PD (TN). CANCER SUPPORT Tiffany Matthews has been with us for 2 1/2 years and was honored as our agency's Dispatcher of the Year for 2012. Recently Tiffany had surgery to remove a kidney that was determined to be cancerous. Thankfully, the tumor was in Stage 1 and the cancer was confined. Tiffany's husband is a Sheriff Deputy here and has one daughter. We look forward to having Tiffany back at work in the weeks to come. Tiffany is a very kind, hardworking, and value team member. Tiffany always has smile on her face. She has not had an easy few years, however. Within the last 2 years she has lost her father in a house fire, took a 911 call of her brother-in law who had overdosed and passed away, and now has had this cancer diagnosis. We request prayers and any other support offered for Tiffany. Cards or other support can be sent to: Tiffany Matthews, Murfreesboro Police Department Communications, 302 S Church St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
10/04/13: TIFFANI ALLEN, HAMILTON COUNTY (IN). CANCER SUPPORT Tiffani Allen has only been with us for 7 months but she has a total of 9 years of service as a dispatcher. Tiffani has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. She is now in unpaid status and is paying for medical insurance out of pocket. Tiffani hoped to be able to work with us as much as possible during chemotherapy but her condition has worsened and she is unable to work at all. We are doing as much as we can as an agency, but any prayers and/or support for Tiffani and her children would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, 911 Cares Family, for being there for us. Cards or other support can be sent to: Hamilton County Public Safety Communications, c/o Sara Leap, 18100 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville, IN 46060
10/03/13: NORTHERN COLORADO AGENCIES FLOODING VICTIMS On September 12th, 2013, Northern Colorado experienced record breaking flooding. The floods affected numerous towns, cities, and counties. In true dispatch fashion, these gals continued working to help others, only recently taking the time to assess their own situations. Larimer County, Colorado has five PSAP’s. Six dispatchers from two of these PSAP’s were adversely affected.
Diane Webber - Diane has worked for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. Her basement was filled with 5 ½ feet of water and all personal belongings were destroyed. She is currently residing in a friend’s home. Kelly Doherty - Kelly has worked for Estes Park Police Department for 8 months. Kelly was evacuated from her home and cannot return due to damaged roads. She is currently residing in temporary housing until something more permanent can be found. Sue Perney - Sue has worked for the Estes Park Police Department for 7 years. Sue’s basement flooded and her home is without power. Sue is currently residing with a family member. Jan Carpenter - Jan has worked for the Estes Park Police Department for 5 years. Jan also received flood damage to her home as well as damage to their boiler. Mary Thacker - Mary has worked for the Estes Park Police Department for 22 years. Mary has lost all inbound and outbound access to her home. She also had severe damage to outbuildings on her property. Mary’s total losses have not yet been accounted for, as communication with her has been very limited. Kristen Owen - Kristen has worked for the Loveland Police Department for 2 years and previously worked for Estes Park Police Department for 1.5 years. Her three sons, ages 12, 10 & 7 were evacuated from their home and now have no inbound or outbound access. They are currently staying with family friends.
Any donations or notes of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Please direct to: 911 Flood Relief / Kimberly Culp (telephone authority director), 380 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland, CO 80537. Thank you on behalf of Estes Park Communications Center, Larimer County Communications Center, Fort Collins Communications Center, CSU PD Communications, Loveland Emergency Communications Center and the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority. Heidi Ryan, Communications Supervisor, Loveland Emergency Communications Center
10/03/13: JERI DOTSON-MODSCHIEDLER, ALLEN COUNTY (OH). CANCER SUPPORT Our friend, co-worker and family member, Jeri Dotson-Modschiedler, a ten year veteran with the Allen County Sheriff's Office Communications Division and 38 yr old mother of five and step ~ mother of two, has been diagnosed with stage four Colon, Liver and Lung Cancer, just three weeks after giving birth to her 5th child, a happy healthy baby boy. With stage four cancer, Jeri is in the fight for her life and fighting hard with an incredibly positive attitude. She is in the early process of receiving the aggressive forms of chemotherapy treatment's, which started mid September, only days after receiving the news of this ugly diagnosis. We are dedicated to fighting the fight with Jeri, and any acts of kindness or words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. As Jeri would say "FIGHT LIKE A GIRL". Please send any cards and/or forms of support to: The Allen County Sheriff's Office, C/O Dispatcher Jeri Modschiedler, 333 N. Main St., Lima, Ohio 45801. Sincerely, Dispatchers of Allen County S.O. (Ohio), Allen County Sheriff's Office, 333 N. Main St., Lima, Ohio 45801, 419-993-1444
09/26/13: CLEARLAKE PD (CA). PRAYER REQUEST This past Sunday, two of our Officers were attempting a traffic stop on a vehicle when the passenger fled on foot. One Officer gave chase and as he did, the driver of the vehicle put the car in reverse and pinned our Officer between the suspect car and a parked car. He sustained moderate-major injuries and has been hospitalized. The Officer's girlfriend is also one of our dispatchers. Here is the news article detailing the incident. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated while he begins his recovery. Nicole Newton, Records/Communications Supervisor, Clearlake Police Department
09/22/13: CINDY DOOLEY, KINGSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT (CA). PASSING OF A DISPATCHER Cindy L. Dooley passed away September 16th, 2013. She worked at numerous jobs before finding her career in law enforcement with Kingsburg Police Department, a job she truly loved. Cindy served the Kingsburg community for 13 years. She is survived by her children Rodney, Lenni and James, a large extended family and friends, and her adopted family at Kingsburg Police. Cards can be mailed to: Kingsburg Police Department, Attention: Dispatch, 1300 California St., Kingsburg, CA. 93631
07/30/13: LEONIE BARNES-MARSH, BROWARD COUNTY (FL). CANCER SUPPORT Our dear friend and family member, Leonie Barnes-Marsh, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage three breast cancer called Infiltrating Ductal cancer. It has also attacked her lymph nodes. Leonie is a 17-year veteran with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division. If you knew “Momma Leonie”, (as she is affection ally known); you would know why we are all affected by this. She is a funny, energetic and spirited woman. She is also an amazing poet. Leonie has already started an aggressive form of chemotherapy and each treatment requires a co-pay of approximately $400.00 which is an out of pocket expense. While we are doing all we can at the agency, Leonie will require continued moral, spiritual and financial support. With all that is going on with her, she continues to inspire and amaze us as she is in great spirits and truly believes in her heart that she is a survivor and not a victim. We are dedicated to fighting with Leonie, and any assistance of any kind is greatly appreciated. Please send cards and/or support checks to: The Broward County Sheriff’s Office, C/O Communications Operator Leonie Barnes-Marsh, 2601 W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33312, 954-767-8740
07/20/13: NAOMI WARNER, MILLARD COUNTY (UT). CANCER SUPPORT NEEDED Naomi Warner has been a dispatcher at Millard County Sheriff's Office for the past 10 years. She was just diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. We are still in the early stages of her diagnosis and do not know how advanced the cancer is at this point, but do know that they will be doing 2 months of intensive chemo-radiotherapy followed by surgery. Naomi also battled breast cancer 3 years ago. Any moral or monetary support would be of great assistance. We live in a very rural area and she will have to travel extensively for her treatments. Naomi is the sole provider for her household and is also in the process of planning her daughter's wedding. Naomi has always been one of the support beams of our agency, always has a sunny disposition and is willing to help others anyways she can, it's time for her to get some of that support back. Cards or support checks can be sent to: Millard County Sheriff's Office, 765 S Hwy 99, Fillmore, UT 84631. Thanks for all you do, Tanisha Jorgenson
07/08/13: JENNIFER STODDARD, BROWN COUNTY (SD). HOUSE FIRE On July 4, 2012, one of our own family was affected by a house fire. Their house was located in Bath, SD, just a few miles from Aberdeen. They have three young children, two boys (4 and 2) and a girl (19 months) that were evacuated from the fire, along with the family dogs. Jennifer Stoddard worked for the Brown County Sheriff's Office as a dispatcher for many years, leaving recently to continue her schooling to become an attorney. Kyle Stoddard is still employed as an Aberdeen Police Officer in our jurisdiction. They are still a big part of our dispatch center and police department and have strong ties to the community. Though, they do have insurance, they are still need a little help getting the things they need immediately. Monetary donations will help them get back on their feet until the insurance money is available to them. Any funds can be sent to: Brown County Communications, 25 S Market St., Aberdeen, SD 57401.
07/01/13: PRESCOTT "HOT SHOT" FIREFIGHTERS (AZ). LODD We have clarity and confirmation on the "hot shot" firefighters killed in Arizona. This hot shot team is made up of mostly Prescott Firefighters. They are dispatched by Prescott Regional Dispatch - 216 S. Cortez - Prescott - AZ - 86303. Please consider sending items of comfort or letters of condolence. We will post updates as we get them. --Kevin Willett, 911 CARES
06/10/13: TONI HERBERT, BANKS COUNTY 911 (GA). SUPPORT NEEDED Toni had two (2) Cerebella Strokes a little over 12 years following her hire. These strokes were very serious and while she is able to function, her short term memory is affected as well as reasoning and balance. She will not be able to return to work. And, unfortunately, things have even become more difficult as of late because recently the Doctors have advised her that they found a mass in her lungs and a spot on her liver and that it has a high probability of being malignant. They are testing now to find out what to do next but want to move quickly because of the way things are looking. Unfortunately, this diagnostic work and treatment may be delayed due to funds. Her leave time is exhausted and she will soon have to begin paying for her COBRA insurance. Like many others, she had cancelled her Long Term Disability due to the difficulty with the rising cost of the insurance. She has started the SS Disability process and Medicaid process but has been told to expect a one year minimum before it would begin. Toni has only one other source of income in the household; her 16 year old son is a Junior in High School and working at a grocery store part-time. Things are very tough. I can go on and on but it is suffice to say; she is one of the 911 family and she needs us. Please keep Toni and her family in your prayers and any ideas or help is GREATLY appreciated. Sincerely, Deidra Moore, Director, GAMEM, CFM, Banks County EMA / E-911
06/09/13: EVAN HOLTZ, BRIDGEWATER PD (NJ). MEDICAL SUPPORT Evan was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and it has been brought to our attention that Evan's medical bills have begun to escalate even though he has not yet had his surgery. Jo-Ann and I have decided to fund raise and begin an "Evan Holtz Recovery Fund." We have chosen not to speak about the amount the Holtz family is facing. We will leave that up to them so we do not publicize a very private matter. However, the amount is substantial and continues to grow. I work midnights Sunday through Wednesday so e-mail would be best. Donations can be made directly to: Bridgewater P.B.A. Local 174 Civic Fund, c/o Evan Holtz, ATTN: Officer Ziarnowski, 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. We look forward to hearing from you, Brian Sujansky #262, Public Safety Dispatcher / Alternate TAC Officer, Bridgewater Township Police Department, 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
05/29/13: LESLIE KING, LINCOLN PD (RI). CANCER / AGENCY SUPPORT One of the police/fire/ems dispatchers in the town I live in was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer a little over a month ago. She's been out of work since. The cancer is now effecting other organs as she tries to fight it with chemo. I just learned that her fund raiser has been cancelled because she has taken a turn for the worse. She's only 55 :-( I am hoping to maybe get the word out to other dispatchers to maybe send her some words of encouragement: Leslie King, 12 Arnold Ave 3rd Fl, Lincoln, RI 02865. Perhaps we can send some words of encouragement to her co-workers? I know they are all pretty upset about this. Lincoln Police Department - Dispatch, 100 Old River Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865. Thank you for your time. Paula Gleason
05/23/13: MOORE OK TORNADO RELIEF UPDATE. DISASTER SUPPORT Moore Update: Address to send items: Okay folks, the address we posted yesterday for Tiffanie is still valid but here is an address you can use for both Tiffanie and LeeAnn of Moore PD Dispatch. THE AKOG is the council of governments and they have a secure location and a person that will head up the efforts. Leeann Jenkins has been a Moore dispatcher for 12 years. She has 2 daughters. Her house and belongings are a loss due to the tornado. She could not afford insurance so she is starting from scratch. We do not yet have clothing sizes so Target, WalMart and Home Depot cards are best. Donations can be sent to: 911 ACOG/911 CARES. Lysa Kimbrough - 21 E. Main, Suite 100 - Oklahoma City, Ok 73104. Make sure you show 911 CARES on the label so they know it is part of the relief effort. You can send things for Tiffanie and LeeAnn to this address and Lysa will handle distribution. REMEMBER, new or very slightly used stuff and gift cards only. They do not need your musty attic smelling quilt. Make sure you send items cleaned. They do not have easy access to washer/dryer, etc. We will update sizes as we get them. Also, cards of support and encouragement to Moore Dispatch should be sent to this address. E-mail me with specific ideas for relief to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks everyone, you are amazing!
05/22/13: TIFFANIE CRAVENS, OKLAHOMA CITY 911 (OK). TORNADO VICTIM Tiffanie Cravens is a single mother of three teens. Her home is in Moore and she is a dispatcher at Oklahoma City 911. Priority one is gift cards from WalMart, Target and Home Depot. We do not yet have clothing sizes. Barely used or new items and gift cards may be sent to: Tiffanie Cravens, C/O OKC 911, 715 S. Kerr Rd, Oklahoma City, OK. 73102. Whatever items that Tiffanie cannot use will be shared within OKC and Moore public safety dispatchers and responders with loss. We still have one dispatcher in Moore with loss but we don't have specifics. Thanks everyone. 911 CARES
05/21/13: CRAIG, LEBANON (TN) POLICE DEPARTMENT. CANCER SUPPORT We are calling on all of the Prayer Warriors out there. One of our dispatchers, Craig, has been battling Multiple Myeloma for the past year and a half, and his condition has recently taken a turn for the worse. His treatments are becoming more and more painful as the cancer continues to deteriorate his spine. He has been a fighter through it all. He rarely misses a day of work and has even been pulling overtime. Yesterday, after a particularly tough treatment, he let me know that he would not be in the next day. The pain was just too great. I just heard from his brother today and the pain still has not let up. Could you please pass the word along to help us pray for Craig. Cards of support and encouragement would be appreciated too. Thank you! Courtney Sellars, Lebanon Police Department, Communications Divison, 406 Tennessee Blvd, Lebanon, TN 37087. 615-453-4391
05/20/13: PHOENIX (AZ) TRAGEDIES The Phoenix officer was hit at a traffic stop and died at the hospital a few hours later. The suspect fled. A Phoenix firefighter was trapped between emergency vehicles on a mulch fire scene. Please take a moment to send a card: Phoenix Fire Dispatch, 150 S 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 and Phoenix Police Dispatch, 300 E Elwood, Phoenix, AZ 85040. Erika Erika Wilson, ENP, Manager Emergency Comm. Center, Albuquerque Police Department
05/19/13: JOE AND JULIE FRESSO, NORTHWEST CENTRAL (IL). SUPPORT FOR AUTISM SERVICE DOG. The family must come up with $13,000. to get the service dog! As of 5/19/13, over $4,000 has been raised. No amount is too small! Link to news article. Donation website.
05/18/13: KELLI LUCAS, ALAMEDA COUNTY (CA). CANCER SUPPORT It has been just about 2.5 years since the original activation and it saddens all of us here at Alameda County Sheriff's Office that we are asking for a re-activation on behalf of our dispatcher, Kelli Lucas. Her original fight with breast cancer was a success. Unfortunately, just a couple of weeks ago Kelli was diagnosed with breast cancer in the opposing breast from her last diagnosis. We are awaiting further treatment and prognosis updates from her Oncologist and Physician and will give those updates as we get them. Anything, a loving note, a funny picture, a monetary donation, gift cards for Safeway, local restaurants in Dublin/Pleasanton/Livermore, CA, etc… would be a comfort to relieving that piece of stress that she doesn’t need as a burden at this point in her treatment/recovery. Cards and other donations can be sent to (and will be delivered to her the day that they are received and be sure to include your return address): Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, 2000 150th Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94578 c/o Katy Silva. Sincerely, Katy Silva, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Services Dispatcher II
05/13/13: YVETTE HERNANDEZ, LIVE OAK PD (TX). CHILDHOOD HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE Yesterday, one of my veteran dispatchers lost her childhood home to a fire. Luckily, her mother was not home at the time and her father had passed away several years ago. They literally lost everything in this unfortunate blaze including two vehicles. I am trying to start up a program to take donations for this family. If there is anyway you can help us to help them, we would greatly appreciate it. My dispatcher's name Yvette Hernandez and she has been with the City of Live Oak Police Department for 9 years. Thank you for all the great work you do to support our family in public safety!Jymie Perna
05/07/13: CAL FIRE/RIVERSIDE COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTER. SUPPORT NEEDED May 4th, 2013, The CalFire /Riverside County Fire Emergency Command Center Dispatchers were hard at work. A fast moving fire had started two days earlier scorching almost 3100 acres in 5 hrs. In the coming days they found themselves sending resources to support a wind driven fire in Thousand Oaks. They continued to process 400 incidents a day while still dispatching more wind driven fires from 10 acres to 600 acres. Saturday had potential to be the same kind of day, actually a kind of day they thrive in. As the busiest communication center in the CalFire system, this is what they live and come to work for. But Saturday would turn the tables on them. As the morning rolled on, social media took hold and revealed that one of their own had lost her battle with Cancer. Cheri Hill Patterson began her career in CalFire San Bernardino, Ca. as a seasonal firefighter some 25 years ago. While she was recovering from burns, suffered while fighting a fire, she considered applying for dispatch and did so with the neighboring CalFire Unit in Riverside, Ca. Cheri thrived in the Emergency Command Center. She became a CTO, Senior Dispatcher and then Supervisor. She eventually moved on to the Fire Information Office and was a lead spokesperson for our department. But regardless of titles she was a friend, a leader, she was Mama Cheri. She love and cared and fed us all. It is her family of dispatchers that I am asking for your support. I have had the pleasure of dispatching in this office for 27 years and we have always prided ourselves on overcoming every obstacle. We will fix it or beat it and never skip a beat. As the most senior dispatcher I am so proud of them all. They have stepped up to support their own dispatchers when in need from providing a place to live, financial assistance, meals, child care, help with moving, building or fixing things. When there has been a death in some ones family they step up and carry all the burdens providing meals for visiting family, a place to hold services and organization of the receptions and of course staying till the end and cleaning it all up. Recently when Riverside City and San Bernardino County officers were killed by Christopher Dorner, they put together huge baskets of fruit and snacks and hand carried them to the dispatch centers to show our support. They started a program for sending cards and whatever else they can, too every 911Cares activation as well as other outlets who ask for support. But what they do not do is ask for help for themselves. They say they are strong enough and use their strength to put their arms around others. Well I am asking for them. I am only asking for cards. I try to tell them every day how special they are. They amaze me how strong they are as they continue to work with broken hearts at the loss of Cheri. You can see it in their eyes as they look around the room and lock on each other, then take a breath and look away, knowing they cannot fall apart. Maybe with your cards of support they will truly know how special they are and it will give them added strength to come to work each day knowing Cheri will never be here again. I thank you in advance for your support and for all that your do for your communities, your firefighters, officers, medical responders and each other. Susan M O'Donnell, Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire, Senior Public Safety Communication Officer, Emergency Command Center, 210 West San Jacinto Ave., Perris , Ca 92570
05/06/13: CHRISTY McCORMICK, EVERGREEN FIRE RESCUE (CO). SUPPORT NEEDED Christy McCormick has been a 911 professional for over 20 years serving the community of Evergreen working at the Evergreen Fire Rescue as a dispatcher. On the 26th of April 2013, Kevin passed away at the age of 55 after unexpectedly suffering a seizure the week before. In the wake of this tragedy, Christy has been left with the heavy burden of his medical bills as well as her insurmountable grief. We are asking the 911 community to help alleviate some of Christy's anxiety and uncertainty in this difficult time by lending assistance towards these hospital bills. Kevin was an incredible, caring person who put his concern for others before his own interests. His love for his wife was tremendous, and as a couple they affected many peoples' lives. Please help show support for Christy and her family in this great time of loss. Thank you. At this time, they are requesting assistance for medical and funeral costs not covered by insurance. Donations may be made to theKevin McCormick Memorial Medical Relief Fund. For more information contactSharon Cleaver. Mailings can be sent to: Christy McCormick, c/o Evergreen Fire Rescue, 1802 Bergen Pkwy, Evergreen, CO 80439. Thank you for all you do. Therese Hilleary, Supervisor/EMD Coordinator, Boulder Police & Fire Communications
04/22/13: PAULINA JAMES, VERMILLION COUNTY (IN). BELONGINGS LOST IN FIRE On Thursday April 18, 2013, Vermillion County Sheriff Department Dispatcher Paulina James, received a call that her home was on fire and fully involved upon firefighter arrival. Paulina and her two children lost everything in the fire. Here is what they need: Sami (16 yrs female) Size 11 or 13 pants, Medium sized shirts and size 10 shoes; Forrest (18 years male) 30 X 32 pants, Medium long or Large shirts and size 11 shoes; Paulina: Size 14 pants, large or extra large shirts and size 8 1/2 wide width shoes. Right now the family is still searching for a home and are staying with family. Once they find a home to move into, we will look at donations of household appliances and whatnot. Right now our biggest concern is clothing! Donation information can be emailed to me,Amanda Leslie.
04/15/13: BOSTON 911CARES SUPPORT UPDATE Below you will find the addresses where notes and letters of support can be sent to our brothers and sisters in Boston. PLEASE, at this time, no packages or food should be sent. Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift cards might be nice. Packages will not clear security at this time. Letters and gift cards will. Please share this on your personal site or other 911 sites. Make sure you include the wording we have provided. These are bIg agencies and we want to make sure letters get to dispatchers. Boston Police DISPATCH/911, 400 Frontage St., Boston, MA 02118. Boston Fire ALARM/DISPATCH, 59 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. Boston EMS DISPATCH/COMMUNICATIONS, 767 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118. During any tragedy, your support of the brotherhood is appreciated. 911 CARES = we will update this as we can (Kevin)
04/09/13: KIMBERLY SHAW, HOUSTON, TX. BELONGINGS LOST IN FIRE I am writing pertaining to one of our employees by the name of Kimberly Shaw which on March 4, 2013 she lost everything in an apartment fire. She has 4 children, 2 grandchildren and herself. I am asking for your help in this matter because she is in need of household items, clothes, furniture, and financial support. The list for clothes for herself and the kids are as follows: Kimberly Shaw Pants: 14 Shirts: Lg/Xlg (adult) Shoes: 8 1/2 (women); Daughter/19 yrs Pants: 12 Shirts: Lg (adult) Shoes: 9 1/2 (women); Son/16 yrs Pants: 32/33 Shirts: Med (adult) Shoes: 10 1/2 (men); Son/12 yrs Pants: 16 (youth) Shirts: Small (adult) Shoes: 8 1/2 (men); Son/8 yrs Pants: 10 (youth) Shirts: Med (youth) Shoes: 2 1/2(youth); Granddaughter/2 yrs Clothing: 3T Shoes: 9 (kids); Granddaughter/1 yrs Clothing: 2T Shoes: 5 (kids). Thanks in advance for your participation in this matter. We greatly appreciate all that you can do. She is going thru a hard time right now trying to find a place to stay. Please pray for her and her family. The Houston Emergency Center located at 5320 N. Shepherd, Houston. Texas 77091. Thanks again, Darlene Dawson
04/09/13: TAYLOR DILLEY, WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD. BELONGINGS LOST IN FIRE On Sunday April 7, 2013, one of our dispatchers’ home was totally destroyed by fire. Taylor Dilley’s home and all of its contents were a total loss. We are taking a collection of toiletries and clothing for Taylor and her boyfriend. Their clothing sizes are as follows: Women Shirt – Large; Pant – 18; Shoes – 7 (open toed or slides due to a medical condition); Man Shirt – Large; Pant – 36-38; Shoes – 12.5-13. If you do not have any of these items but would like to graciously donate, consider gift cards to Walmart or Target or a Visa/MasterCard. We will also be accepting any greeting cards to the address listed below: Washington County Emergency Communications, Attn: Jennifer Swisher, 16232 Elliott Parkway, Williamsport, MD 21795. Thank you for any contribution/words of kindness for Taylor while she is going though this difficult time. Jennifer
04/04/13: OLIVIA ARNOLD, JEFFERSON & GRAINGER COUNTY, TN. PRAYERS NEEDED Jefferson County Tennessee E-911 along with Grainger County Tennessee E-911 are asking for prayers for a coworker. Olivia Arnold (Grainger county dispatcher since 2006; Currently a part time Jefferson County dispatcher and she worked for Jefferson County previous to 2006 for a couple years) had a massive heart attack yesterday. Olivia was at home, about to leave for her shift, and had some chest pain. She was taken to University of TN Medical Center, Knoxville, by Jefferson County EMS and currently is in a medically induced coma. Please pray for Olivia, her family, as well as both of her 911 families. Olivia is a 35 year old single mother of a beautiful 8 year old daughter. We continue to pray for her to pull through this tragedy. Thank you, Mellony Spangler, Alternate TAC/Shift Supervisor, Jefferson County E-911
04/03/13: SHERRI O'LEARY, GRAY (ME). CANCER SUPPORT Sherri O’Leary is a single mother who has dedicated the last 26 years of her life to the State’s Communications Bureau. Just before the end of 2012 Sherri was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. If fighting this horrible disease and caring for your children as a single parent isn’t stressful enough Sherri also has to keep a close eye on her health insurance as they are not the easiest to work with. Sherri has been out of work since the beginning of January as she has faced surgeries and radiation. She has now run out of sick leave and as you can imagine the bills do not stop coming in. No matter what new obstacle Sherri faces she maintains a positive attitude for her friends and family. I am asking you for your help today for a person that has given 26 years of her life to the community and public safety and has never asked for anything back. Respectfully, Chad E. LaBree, Operations Manager, Orono Regional Communications Center
03/27/13: PAULA HAGOOD, ARLINGTON, TN. CANCER SUPPORT Paula Hagood has been a dispatcher with the Memphis Police Department for 17 years. She is one of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet. She loves her job and she is always there to lend an ear or try to answer a question. She would give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it, without hesitation. Paula was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She is fighting hard with an incredible attitude. We are asking for prayers for her, and any cards or letters of support that you feel moved to send. Please send them to: Paula Hagood, 7142 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Arlington, TN, 38002
02/26/13: ALYSSA BROWNIE, DOUGLAS COUNTY (WI). SUPPORT NEEDED My wife has worked as a Dispatcher for the Douglas County Community Center for the past 12 years. On 01-16-13 my wife suffered a complicated/heme pelagic migraine that left her paralyzed on the left side, similar to stroke victims. She did have a brief stay home being discharged 1-28-13, but having to be re-admitted in 2-12-13. As hard as it is it for me to watch my wife struggle each day emotionally and financially and now ask for help when she never has, amazes me at her strength and courage! Even though she could use a lot for herself right now (just the basics for our kids), she is more worried about her co-workers!!! She wants to be there so badly for them and she can't, but though maybe this could help. Alyssa tells me some days that its even just hearing the two smallest phrases...Thank You.... that can make a difference! They are the best at what they do, but any words of encouragement, fun care packages, might just put a little cheery spot in that never so ending day. Alyssa tell's me all the time dispatch is a brotherhood like Fire and PD...but you guys are the "GOLD" lining that keep it all together. Thank you for your time! Sincerely, Duane Brownie. Her Supervisor is Danielle Miller, Douglas County Comm Center, 1316 North 14th St., Suite 10, Superior, Wi 54880
02/04/13: WENDY ROGERS, GERMANTOWN PD (WI). CANCER SUPPORT Wendy Rogers has been a Communications Officer with the Germantown Police Department WI for 12 years. her husband, Mike Rogers, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer called cholangiocarcinoma. Since that time, Mike has undergone several surgeries, including the removal of... the right lobe of his liver, and several bouts of chemotherapy and radiation. Regrettably, the cancer continued to spread, and in April of 2012, Mike was the first patient at Froedtert Hospital and the fourth person in the country to undergo an experimental surgery called HIPEC (Intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemoperfusion) for cholangiocarcinoma. Mike spent another month in the hospital due to surgical complications. It was hoped that the treatment would give Mike and Wendy maybe 5 more years together. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. Mike’s cancer has continued to spread. He is in stage 4 of his cancer. Mike continues to work at his job as a truck driver at Grafton Transit, but doctors have told them that he will soon start to feel ill and weak. It may be just a matter of a few more months. An account has been started in the hope that Mike and Wendy will be able to take a dream vacation together before he gets any worse. Mike would like to travel to Hawaii and see the Pearl Harbor Memorial and we would like to help make that happen. Please help us help Mike and Wendy Rogers have a short respite from this difficult path they are travelling. Donations can be made to the Michael A. Rogers Benefit Donation account at any US Bank branch, or can be dropped off or sent to the Germantown Police Department, Attention Lynn Schmidt, Communications Supervisor PO Box 96, Germantown, WI 53022. Regards, Chief Peter Hoell, Chief of Police, Germantown Police Department, N112 W16877 Mequon Rd., Germantown, WI. 53022
02/06/13: NICK STEPANIAK, STAFFORD COUNTY 911 (VA). UNTIMELY PASSING I would like to request an activation for our Stafford County VA 911 family. Our tight knit 911 community has been rocked by the untimely passing of Nick Stepaniak, Assistant Emergency Communications Manager. Last week he found out that he was losing the battle he has so valiantly fought against cancer, we all thought he would have more time. Sadly, he had mere days. While working for Stafford County 911, he was also an integral part of our Communications Basic program at our regional academy the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Always humble, Nick touched so many lives both here and across the country. Expressions of sympathy/support can be sent to: Stafford County, Division of Emergency Communications, P.O. Box 189, Stafford, Virginia 22555. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in his name to the Nick E. Stepaniak Memorial Foundation, c/o Larysa Rosemann Esq., 6931 Arlington Rd. Ste. 200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Obituary. Sincerely, Karen L. Smallwood, Training Coordinator, Communications Division, Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
01/30/13: TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, KNOXVILLE, TN. DISPATCHERS MOURN LOSS OF TROUPER One of our Troopers had a non-injury crash due to the icy weather we were getting. He then passed away later on scene from what they think was natural causes…This was the first time in the 12 years that I have been working that I have had anyone pass while on duty. It was a very hard day for myself and the other dispatchers along with the Administrative Staff that was working this day. Please send cards to: Tennessee Highway Patrol - Knoxville District, 7601 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Thanks for anything that you could do for us, or the family. Jeffrey Collins, Communications Dispatcher II, Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol - Knoxville District
01/24/13: DEANNA MENDOZA, TAMPA (FL). DV MURDER This is a tragic reminder that ANYONE can be a victim of Domestic Violence, even a 911 dispatch professional. We have posted the address for Tampa Police below. Please consider supporting them with a card or note of sympathy, condolence or support. Deanna has three children and was only 42 years old. This is not the first dispatcher that has lost their life due to Domestic Violence. If you are on the victim side of DV, make a plan, get help, get out. Get the help that you would offer to a 911 caller. We mourn with our brothers and sisters of Tampa 911. Please send a card of condolence and support to Tampa 911 due to one of their dispatchers (Deanna Mendoza) being murdered. Here is their address: 2920 E Henry Ave, Tampa, FL. 33610. We also honor the dispatchers at Hillsborough County 911 and the Fire Rescue Dispatchers that had to handle this tragedy. We know you are mourning and under unique stress right now. We salute and bless you all. --911CARES
01/23/13: MARY GAREY, MEMPHIS FIRE COMMUNICATIONS (TN). SUDDEN PASSING OF A DISPATCHER On Sunday, January 20, 2013, the Memphis Fire Communications staff worked under the most difficult of situations. As the 11-7 shift was coming to an end and the 7-3 shift were reporting for duty, the shift Watch Commander (supervisor) was notified that one of our own was being transported to the hospital. Later, they learned that she had passed. They continued to press on answering call after call, serving the citizens of Memphis with a renewed passion in their responsibilities of protecting life and property. Our staff has been deeply affected by the death of Operator Mary Garey, a fifteen year veteran of the City of Memphis Fire Communications Service Center. As our staff encourages one another and continues to serve the citizens of Memphis with the utmost of care, I am asking for dispatchers across the United States to help us honor Mary, celebrate her life and her dedication to our citizens by sending cards in her memory. She will truly be missed in our office. As you know, as dispatchers, we often spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our immediate families. Mary was extended family to our staff, therefore, I am also requesting prayers for our staff and the family of Operator Mary Garey. If they chose to send a card or letter, it can be mailed to the following address: Memphis Fire Communications, 79 Flicker Street, Memphis, TN. 38104. Thanks for considering this request. Melanie C. Moody, Training Watch Commander
01/16/13: NATHAN KELLERMAN, PERRY COUNTY (IL). MEDICAL SUPPORT Nathan Kellerman is a 7-year dispatcher with the Perry County 911 center in Pinckneyville, Il. He has s swelling disorder that so far has not responded to treatment by his local doctors. Some days his limbs and hands will swell and other days he is fine. Now his organs are swelling and there is no explanation. Local doctors have now referred him to the MAYO clinic for diagnosis and treatment. The family is looking for any support possible. Nathan is the family bread winner and the fuel, hotel and meal costs at MAYO will tax them. They must also keep up their bills at home. Send cards of support, fuel or other gift cards or checks to: Nathan Kellerman. 105 West Ozburn Street - Pinckneyville, IL 62274. You can also contact Nathan’s Supervisor for details on other ways to help. Judy Valentine
01/16/13: LINE OF DUTY DEATH, GALT (CA). SUPPORT NEEDED Police K-9 Officer Kevin Tonn End Of Watch: 01-15-13. K9 Officer Kevin Tonn, 35, was shot and killed after confronting a burglary suspect in Galt, California. Please send a card of condolence or keep them in your prayers. Galt is a VERY small department and this is the first violent LODD that the agency has EVER had. Send cards to: 455 Industrial Dr - Galt, CA 95632