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Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio announced today that in recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week the Board has honored several County Telecommunicators for their continued commitment to the community at large.
“Our Public Safety Telecommunicators have contributed to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires, treatment of patients, and countless other life-saving efforts,” said Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio. “These professionals are a vital link for our first responders, by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them with critical information and ensuring their safety.”
“We thank all of our Public Safety Telecommunicators who handle around one million emergency calls on a yearly basis- 24 hours a day 365 days a year,” added Garganio. “We want to especially recognize and commend three employees who went above and beyond while maintaining a professional demeanor in the face of adversity.”
“On May 18, 2016 at 8:42 p.m. a Burlington County resident called for an ambulance. A male stated that a relative was in active labor. PST Erica Warrick assisted with instructions over the phone and assisted him with delivering the baby. The baby was born at 8:43 p.m. and mother and baby were transported to the hospital by local emergency medical services and Virtua paramedics,” said Garganio
“Just one day later, on May 19, 2016 at 11:20 p.m. Central Communications received a call for a another resident in labor,” Garganio continued. “PST Shawn Burridge spoke to the husband over the phone and provided instructions to begin to deliver the baby. When the ambulance arrived on-site, Chris Carroll, Chief of Communications, was the EMT who took over for the father, and helped his wife deliver their son. The baby was delivered at 11:38 p.m. Both mother and baby were transported to the hospital by local emergency medical services and Virtua paramedics.”
“On November 20, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. Central Communications received a call from the FAA office in Virginia reporting an overdue aircraft. PST Michael Fitzgerald gathered information from the agent and determined the aircraft to possibly be in Bass River Twp. by the Warren Grove training range. Along with his team in Fire/EMS operations PST Fitzgerald coordinated an effort between fire department, NJSP, Coast Guard and NJ forestry service to locate the downed aircraft at 2:44 p.m.,” stated Garganio.
“Shawn, Erica and Michael all exhibited compassion, understanding and professionalism during the performance of their job and the entire Board thanks them for their dedicated service to the residents of Burlington County,” concluded Garganio.