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9-1-1 Operators Save a Life in Person.

CHERRYVILLE, NJ - September 17, 2002 - Team work has always been an important factor in the daily life of the 9-1-1 Operators in Hunterdon County. On Sunday, September 15, 2002 team work was taken to another level. At the change of shift at 7:00 AM, this day would start much differently than those in the past.

At 7:03 AM a man knocked on the front door on the 9-1-1 Communications Center in the Cherryville section of Franklin Township. The man excitedly explained that a female friend in his vehicle was having respiratory distress and was now unconscious. Senior Operator Arthur Stier assessed the situation and coordinated a quick response. 9-1-1 Operators Jason Slaughter and Bill Powell left their posts to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Operators Gretchen Umgelter and Stefanie Kenney dispatched the Quakertown Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Hunterdon Medical Center's MICU and police officers to the Communications Center. These operators also picked up the extra positions vacated by the rescuers.

Outside the race was on to save the life of this 25-year old female. Operators Slaughter and Powell worked feverishly to restore the victims pulses and respiratory function. They were joined by Operator Frank Veneziale, who had just left after working a midnight shift to assist in the resuscitation efforts.

Members from the Quakertown Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Hunterdon Medical Center's MICU (paramedic unit), Franklin Township Patrolmen John Oliveira and Tim Snyder, and Raritan Township Patrolman Peter Serrone responded to the Communications Center and each played and important role in saving of this young female.

In addition to those listed above, we would like to commend the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their insight into bringing the Public Access Defibrillation Program to the County facilities and the residents that they serve.

Teamwork has always been an important function for success of any endeavor and this shows how essential team work truly is.

Emergency Services "HEROS"
Left to Right: Operators Frank Veneziale, Jason Slaughter, Gretchen Umgelter, Stefanie Kenney, Art Stier, Bill Powell, Vanessa Spears (the victim) and Freeholder Frank Fuzo
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