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Two Franklin Co. 911 dispatchers recognized for work

Larry Booze guided a caller through CPR and Timothy Mowen helped a couple deliver a baby

January 31, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners recognized two 911 dispatchers on Tuesday. Shown from left are Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski, Commissioner David Keller, dispatcher Timothy Mowen, dispatcher Larry Booze and Commissioner Bob Thomas.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Two Franklin County, Pa., 911 dispatchers recognized Tuesday for their efforts in December 2011 say assisting in emergencies seems routine until the enormity of the job hits them at the end of a shift.

“Sometimes, the worst part of a shift is the drive home when the adrenaline is coming off,” said Larry Booze, who joined the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services 2 1/2 years ago.

The county commissioners commended Booze and fellow dispatcher Timothy Mowen for a pair of calls they handled recently.

Booze, 36, of Fort Loudon, Pa., guided a caller through the steps of cardio pulmonary resuscitation on Dec. 10, 2011.

Mowen, 29, of Greencastle, Pa., helped a caller and his wife deliver their baby on Dec. 8, 2011.

“I thought it would be standard, and the ambulance would come and take them to the hospital,” Mowen said.

However, the call unfolded differently, as the baby was safely delivered within four minutes. Emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene shortly afterward.

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When an EMS crew arrived to Booze’s call, it used a defibrillator and medication to restore the victim from what was cardiac arrest to a normal heart rhythm.

The commissioners signed letters for Booze and Mowen, both of whom said they entered their field because of their experiences as firefighters.

“I’m proud to be associated with you,” Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski said.

“I think it’s pretty obvious the additional training and requirements for dispatchers is paying dividends,” Commissioner Bob Thomas said.

Mowen, who has been employed by the department for a year and a half, and Booze said the public sometimes does not realize one dispatcher can help a caller while another is contacting emergency responders.

“We belong to them until the call is ended,” Booze said.

The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services is now offering CPR classes, Director Dave Donohue said. Anyone interested in learning more can call 717-264-2813, he said.

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