On Tuesday, May 2, 2023 the Gaston County Police Department recognized several Telecommunicators from the Communications Division for their outstanding service to the community.
Telecommunicators Christy Gantt, Deyawna Rollinson and Tess Gibson were recognized for their handling of 911 calls involving patients in cardiac arrest. Each telecommunicator provided lifesaving CPR instructions to the caller resulting in the patient surviving. Each employee was awarded a certificate and challenge coin commemorating their service.
Senior Telecommunicator Tracie Dunivan and Trainee Alisha Bolin were recognized for their part in helping a 911 caller deliver a baby. Dunivan and Bolin coached the caller through childbirth instructions as well as postpartum care for the child and mother. Dunivan and Bolin were also awarded a certificate and challenge coin.
911 telecommunication centers can significantly impact the number of lives saved through Telecommunicator CPR programs. The American Heart Association estimates that about 250,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest incidents occur each year. Out of those incidents, only about 10% of the victims survive. Each telecommunicator employed by the Gaston County Police Department is trained to give CPR and Child Birth instructions over the phone, while simultaneously keeping the caller calm as they wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
For more information on the Gaston County Police Department’s Communications Division or information on a career as a telecommunicator, call 704-866-3320 or visit Gastongov.com
Telecommunicator Tess Gibson
Telecommunicator Christy Gantt
Senior Telecommunicator Tracie Dunivan and Trainee Alisha Bolin
Senior Telecommunicator Tracie Dunivan
Trainee Alisha Bolin