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9-1-1 dispatcher handles call on son's drowning

Date: 2011-06-24
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Surely an emergency dispatcher’s worst nightmare is handling a call involving their own family.  Illinois 9-1-1 Dispatcher Tracy Wilson experienced just this on June 14th when she took a call for a water rescue at the Rock Cut State Park after a canoe tipped over.

After handling the call and getting rescuers on the way, Wilson received a cellphone call informing her that the victim was her son, 17-year old Mitchel Krause.  He had been in the canoe when it tipped over on Pierce Lake and was unable to make it back to shore. He was under water for 30 to 40 minutes before rescuers recovered his body, and was pronounced dead an hour later at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

"Right now is just a nightmare," Wilson told the Rockford Register Star.  She said that, as a dispatcher, she couldn't even wonder who was in peril.

Wilson, who is also a former firefighter and emergency medical technician, said she knew the emergency workers did their best to save her son.  "I have been on that side, and I know every person there gave 100 percent," Wilson said. "Everyone was doing their all."

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Associated Press, 6/18/11)

Note: An organization called The Drowning Support Network can provide assistance in the aftermath of a drowning.  They have a handout available on line at: Drowning Support Network

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Date: 2011-06-30 11:19:36
Company: Clark County Sheriff Dept
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My heart goes out to Tracy and her family. A nightmare to endure.....

 
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