SCMPD Communications Officer Named “Dispatcher of the Year”


(L to R) Jeannie Newton-Riner (Coastal EMS/ EMS Advisory Committee), SCMPD Communications Officer Keri Clark and SCMPD Communications Coordinator Cathy Plaster.
(L to R) Jeannie Newton-Riner (Coastal EMS/ EMS Advisory Committee), SCMPD Communications Officer Keri Clark and SCMPD Communications Coordinator Cathy Plaster.

A Communications Officer with the Savannah- Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has been named “EMS Dispatcher of the Year” by the Chatham County EMS Council. Today the council presented the “EMS Dispatcher of the Year” award to Keri Clark at a ceremony at the Coastal Georgia Center.

Clark was nominated by her supervisor, Communications Coordinator Cathy Plaster, for an incident involving a suicidal woman. In the early morning hours of March 8, 2013 Clark spend nearly an hour on the phone with the woman as officers scoured the area to locate her in a remote area near the Talmadge Bridge.

“Clark displayed patience, persistence, and most of all true compassion while dealing with this person in crisis,” said Communications Division Commander Lt. Jeff Olson.

Later that morning the woman called back to the 911 Communications Center twice to speak to Clark; once to personally thank her for taking the time to listen to hear, and again when she arrived home safely.

“The SCMPD Communications Division has great people doing great things every day. Today we honor CO Keri Clark for her dedication and exceptional effort in making a difference in someone’s life,” Olson added.


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