County Commissioners

Posted on: November 9, 2016

Teamwork and Social Media Helped Save a Suicidal Woman

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PRESS RELEASE
November 9, 2016
Leslie Salvatori
lsalvatori@qac.org


QAC Sheriff Gary Hoffman, QAC Commissioner James Moran, QAC Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Cooper, Commissioner Stephen Wilson, Telecommunicators Lt. Ronnie Harrison, Jay Kundrat, Michelle Miller, Kevin Carson (not pictured), Commissioners Jack Wilson and Mark Anderson.
When you dial 911 in Queen Anne’s County the phone is answered by telecommunicators from the county’s Department of Emergency Services.
Teamwork between QAC telecommunicators and the Sheriff’s Office is credited with saving the life of a suicidal woman last May.
On May 12, someone posted suicidal thoughts and a plan to end their life by jumping off the Kent Narrows Bridge. A concerned Facebook friend called a suicide hotline, which in turn contact the QAC 911 center at DES.
QAC Telecommunicators Ronnie Harrison, Jay Kundrat, Kevin Carson, and Michelle Miller did a little detective work. They used 911 software and Facebook to figure out who the woman was and where she lived. Kevin Carson was also able to locate the woman’s location by a Facebook post.
The QAC Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the woman’s residence while Deputy Terry Copper headed to the Kent Narrows Bridge and was able to thwart the suicide attempt and help the woman who was in distress.
The Maryland Emergency Number Association and the Maryland Emergency Number Systems Board honored all those involved during their annual 9-1-1 Day of Celebration in September.
During their November 8, meeting the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recognized, with a proclamation, Ronnie Harrison, Jay Kundrat, Kevin Carson, Michelle Miller and Deputy Terry Copper for “their dedication to the safety and wellness of all citizens of Queen Anne’s County.”

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