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Dispatcher honored for lifesaving effort

January 15, 1998

A 911 dispatcher was awarded the Innovative Dedicated Employee Award by the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday for his dedication and professionalism in helping a child save her mother's life last May.

David Pheil, who has been with the county's fire and rescue communications since 1975, answered the phone May 1, 1997, and heard 4-year-old Sarah Miller on the other end.

Sarah's mother, Jennifer Miller, had experienced difficulty breathing and had passed out.

Pheil kept talking to Sarah and was still on the phone when the ambulance arrived. Sarah and Pheil both were honored by Gov. Parris Glendening last May, and Pheil was awarded the Maryland Emergency Medical Service Star of Life Award.

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