LAcoFD Dispatchers Honored with CPRA Awards

During National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, the California Public-Safety Radio Association recognized ten Los Angeles County Fire Department employees for their good work.  The 31st annual CPRA banquet took place on Thursday, April 18, 2019  at the Knott’s Berry Farm Resort in Buena Park.

Congratulations to to the following employees:

Winner in the Outstanding Performance by an Individual, Fire Category
Fire Dispatcher II Jacquelyn Stampwala

FDII Stampwala gave life-saving instructions to a family as they delivered their newborn whose neck was entangled in the umbilical cord.

Winner in the Outstanding Performance by a Team, Fire Category
Supervising Fire Dispatcher Bernard Peters
Supervising Fire Dispatcher Jeremy Stafford
Fire Dispatcher Specialist Christian Chavez
Fire Dispatcher II Jon Welman
Fire Dispatcher II Art Chayra
Fire Dispatcher II Matt Marx

The team was recognized for staffing the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) dispatch center, so LBFD personnel could attend the funeral and mourn the loss of one of their own, Fire Captain David Rosa.

Runner-Up in the Outstanding Performance by a Team, Fire Category
Fire Dispatcher II Harold Shin
Fire Dispatcher I  Leton Washington

This team worked together to provide care in a unique incident. FDII Shin provided CPR instructions over the phone to FDI Washington who was on-scene doing chest compressions.

Honorable Mention
Fire Dispatcher II Kristine Swain

FDII Swain patiently guided frantic good Samaritans through CPR which allowed paramedics to get vitals and safely transport the patient to a local hospital where they recovered.