This morning, in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, dispatchers, educators, and citizens were recognized at the 9-1-1 Heroes Award Ceremony on the steps of the State Capitol.
Two Eureka Police and Humboldt Bay Fire dispatchers, Mary Clark and Julie Trepanier, were awarded the 9-1-1 Dispatcher Award for providing lifesaving instructions to children who called 9-1-1 for help. Those children, Tyler Crawley and Cammi Ipock were awarded the 9-1-1 Citizen’s Caller Award.
In November of 2017, Dispatcher Mary provided medical instruction over the phone to Tyler and in March of 2018, Dispatcher Julie provided medical instruction over the phone to Cammi. In both situations, the dispatchers and children were instrumental in keeping the patients alive until emergency medical services arrived.
Local resident Paul Nicholson was awarded the Public Educator of the Year. Paul volunteers his time to teach 9-1-1 education at local schools. The Eureka Police Department would like to thank Paul for his dedication to the community and for teaching children who to call and what information to provide during an emergency.
Eureka Police and Humboldt Bay Fire dispatchers are certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch and licensed by the North Coast Emergency Medical Services. This certification allows our dispatchers to determine the level of emergency and provide lifesaving instructions to the caller until emergency medical services arrive.