911 dispatchers honored for saving trapped woman
PORT ALLEN- Dispatchers at the West Baton Rouge Parish 911 office were honored by the parish council Thursday night for their efforts that saved a woman's life recently.
At the end of June, a 51-year-old woman, living alone, fell down and could not get up. She managed to crawl to her kitchen from where she fell but was not able to reach a phone. She was on the floor for a week until rescuers found her.
"I heard a woman screaming from the outside," said Tom Southon with Brusly Police. "She yelled, 'I'm back here I'm back here.'"
Emergency responders were sent to the woman's house when her sister in another state called authorities in West Baton Rouge and said she had not heard from her sister in a while, which was unusual. However, the caller could not give an exact location of where her sister lived. Dispatchers did some quick research, identified a location, and sent someone to check on the woman.
Southon said he knocked the front door open and found the woman lying in the kitchen.
"I feel like we do the job that we do everyday, and I typically tell everybody that it is mostly a thankless job and we prefer it to be that way," dispatcher Derek Sarradet said after being honored by the parish government.