By Scott Bolthouse
Two officers and one dispatcher with the Huron Township Police Department received letters of commendation for their swift actions during a recent emergency situation in the township.
On Nov. 22, Monroe County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a 4-year-old girl who told police that her father was not waking up.
Since the call was made from a cell phone, exact address location was initially unavailable to dispatchers.
After Monroe dispatch pinged the location to a Huron Township address, they notified Communication Officer Meredith Foster, who determined that the call was made from the Country Meadows mobile home community on Will Carelton Road.
Still, the exact location of the girl was unavailable, which made for a tricky situation for emergency personnel.
“She immediately sent officers to the mobile home park to search for her,” said Sgt. Bryan Tyitye, who wrote the letter.
“While officers searched, (Foster) faced challenges during this difficult and frustrating 45 minute time period.”
The letter said that Foster was able to coordinate the search efforts with Monroe’s dispatch while the 4-year-old girl fed her information about her location.
Foster suggested to responding Huron Officers Neith Nappo and Joshua Green to keep their overhead lights on so the girl could see them in her area.
Tyitye commended the response of Nappo and Green, saying that their persistence helped to locate the girl, who was told to flash her porch light when she could see police lights near her home.
After canvassing the area on foot, Nappo and Green were finally able to locate the girl.
Thankfully, once emergency personnel arrived, it was determined that the father was not in danger.
“I want to thank each of you for the professional manner and persistence in which you conducted yourself throughout the call to locate the 4-year-old girl and to make sure her father was in no danger,” said Tyitye in the letter.
“I think the residents of Huron Township are fortunate to have such professional caring officers and dispatchers serving this community.”