Passed out Ocean Shores visitor gets mouth-to-mouth, falls off of balcony

Too much alcohol and some bad luck lead to a rough Saturday for a 34-year old Everett man visiting Ocean Shores.

At about 2pm on Saturday the 6th, the Ocean Shores Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a man down on the beach at the Chance ala Mer beach approach. The caller reported that the man was unconscious and they were unable to rouse him.

Believing that the man had stopped breathing, one of the bystanders started performing CPR. This woke the man up and he leapt to his feet and ran into the surf. An Ocean Shores Police Officer was able to coax the man out of the water, and he was then checked out and released by paramedics. The man was highly intoxicated, but otherwise uninjured.

The officer gave the man a ride to his motel in Ocean Shores and left him in the care of his girlfriend.

Just two minutes later, the girlfriend called 911 to report that the man had fallen off the second-story balcony of their motel room. He was found unconscious, face down in the grass behind the motel. Witnesses at the scene confirmed that the man was alone on the balcony when he fell.

He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by ambulance.

Aberdeen Police seek man who assaulted another with food tray

Aberdeen Police are seeking a man that apparently assaulted another man with a wooden food tray Friday afternoon. Police Captain John Green tells us at about 2:34 P.M. Aberdeen Officers responded to the 100 block of South Michigan Street on the report of an assault of a 57 year old male who lived at the residence. The responding officers were advised that the victim had stopped breathing and dispatch was conducting phone CPR with a person at the residence. The victim responded to the CPR and began breathing on his own.

Investigating officers discovered that the victim was assaulted by a male subject who allegedly hit him repeatedly on the head with a wood food tray. The Aberdeen Fire Department responded. They treated and then transported the victim to GH Community Hospital.

The suspect was identified and is being sought by police.

Grays Harbor E-911 celebrates Telecommunicator Week with local awards

National Telecommunicator Week began on April 13th, and this year four local operators were honored at the Grays Harbor E-911 Center’s board meeting on Tuesday. Director Peggy Fouts said “Every year the dispatch staff take the opportunity to recognize their peers, they vote amongst (sp) themselves to select the winners.” Fouts told the E-911 board “We are taking the opportunity to recognize 4 of our staff members, we have a total staff of 18 so recognition next week will be for the entire staff.”

  • Katie Johnson was selected to receive the Outstanding Sustained Job Performance Award for her continued knowledge and dedication.
  • Katie Woods was selected to receive the Critical Incident Award for her role in handling this CPR call.
  • Shawna Ashlock is being recognized with the Special Projects Award for her on-going work to organize and maintain the CAD Premise History files that ensure that the employees and responders are aware of knox box locations, gate entry codes and locations where additional assistance may be needed.
  • Sarah Saunders is also being recognized with the Special Projects Award for her work in organizing the recognition and activities of the Telecommunicators during the weeklong celebration in 2013.
From left to right (standing) Shawna Ashlock, Katie Johnson, Sarah Saunders, Montesano Police Chief Brett Vance, and Katie Woods
From left to right (standing) Shawna Ashlock, Katie Johnson, Sarah Saunders, Montesano Police Chief Brett Vance, and Katie Woods

Fouts said in a press release “In recognition of the public safety dispatcher’s critical role in the protection of life and property and the preservation of society and law, Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed the week of April 13th through 19th as Public Safety Telecommunications Week.”
During the week long celebration, Grays Harbor E9-1-1 will take the opportunity to present the agency’s annual Telecommunicator Recognition Awards for exemplary job performance.

The Telecommunicator of the Year Awards were presented at the 9-1-1 Operating Board meeting on April 8th.

The E-911 center is accepting applications for operators until April 18th – Job description and application available from Work Source Grays Harbor in Aberdeen.

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. It was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office in 1981 and was observed only at that agency for three years. Members of the Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) became involved in the mid-1980s. By the early 1990s, the national APCO organization convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what became H.J. Res. 284 to create “National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.” According to Congressional procedure, it was introduced twice more in 1993 and 1994, and then became permanent, without the need for yearly introduction.

The 911 CARES project has a wide range of NTW logo products that are great for gifts—or just for yourself! And the project gives back to the dispatching community, so they’re worth of support. APCO has a special blog to share NTW celebrations and honors.

The official name of the week when originally introduced in Congress in 1991 was “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.” In the intervening years, it has become known by several other names, including “National Public-Safety Telecommunications Week” and “International Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week.” The Congressional resolution also stated there were more than “500,000 telecommunications specialists,” although other estimates put the number of dispatchers at just over 200,000. The Congressional figure may include support personnel and perhaps even those in the commercial sector of public safety communications.

Of course, you don’t need NTW to honor your public safety dispatchers for excellence! You can write them a commendation, mention their “good job” at a shift briefing, or just give them a pat on the back.

DISPATCH Magazine On-Line has prepared some materials about NTW that you will find useful as your agency considers how to recognize the dispatchers that have worked so hard during the past year. We’ve included a link to the Congressional Record for the 102nd Session of Congress that searches and displays official documents about National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week from its origin in 1991.

Grays Harbor EMS prepping local high schools for new graduation requirement: CPR training

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New Graduation requirements in Washington will save lives on and off the High School campus, and if they don’t know already, your students will learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation. “They figure the more training they can get, the better for everybody in the public and in school.”
Sharryl Bell with Grays Harbor EMS said last week that they are working with local schools to make sure that the Class of 2014 knows what to do in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. “A lot of school like Hoquiam High School has a program set up, Aberdeen [trains] their staff and they are working toward their students. For those that are already doing it in school it’s not a big deal.” Bell said students will also be trained to use Automated External Defibrillators that restart a heart with an electric shock.
According to the American Heart Association, of the nearly 360-thousand people in the US that suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, only 9.5% survive, often because they don’t receive timely CPR.  Bystander CPR, when given right away, can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival.
Substitute house bill 1556 was signed into law earlier this year. Beginning this school year, instruction in CPR must be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation.

Coast Guard rescues unconscious fisherman off of Grays Harbor coast

GRAYS HARBOR, Wash. – The Coast Guard says it has rescued an unconscious fisherman off a vessel west of Grays Harbor, Wash.

The Coast Guard received a call for help around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The crewmember had been knocked unconscious when a block hit him in the head.

CPR helped the fisherman breath again, but he did not regain consciousness on the vessel.

The man was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

Child Drowns in Chehalis River

Boistfort, WA – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 100 block of Ceres Hill Road, in Boistfort, at approximately 1636 hours on May 4, 2012, after an 8 year old boy’s mother reported him missing from their residence.
Deputies trained in swift water rescue located the boy approximately an hour later 1/4 of a mile down river on a gravel bar in the middle of the river. Lewis County Fire District’s 6, 13, and AMR (American Medical Response) also assisted in the rescue.
CPR was immediately initiated and continued while the boy was transported to Centralia Providence Hospital. He was pronounced deceased at approximately 1905 hours.
An investigation into the incident is being conducted.

Satsop Man Dies After Accident

SATSOP, Wash. – A Satsop man died yesterday after becoming pinned between two vehicles in Satsop, Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimental tells us deputies responding to the 100 block of Keys road discovered 81 year old Ray Scott was pinned between two vehicles on the westbound shoulder of the road. Pimental said Scott and other family members were gathering cattle to take to sale when Scott walked behind his truck to obtain gloves. Scott’s wife of over 50 years pulled up behind the pickup truck in the family SUV to park, when the vehicle lunged forward it pinned Scott.
Deputies and family members were able to remove him and perform CPR, aid crews from Fire District 5 responded and continued with first aid measures. Scott was transported to the Elma airport, met by a medvac flight from Harboview, and while preparing for flight was pronounced dead.
Pimental said because Scott was the father of Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott, the State Patrol will be conducting the investigation.

Aberdeen Fire Department Recognizes Citizens for Life Saving Efforts – Audio Added

Scott was defibrillated four additional times by Paramedics on scene and while in route to the emergency room. Medics continued to follow up with advanced life support interventions necessary for survival. Due to the quick actions of Tony, Brenda and Kristy, providing continuous CPR, our first responders were able to get the patient back into a life supporting heart rhythm along with a strong blood pressure when they arrived at the Emergency Room.


The outcome of this incident brings renewed awareness as to the value of our local emergency system.  It could not have occurred without the competent and professional E-911 system that handled the call and provided initial information to responders.   Trained emergency responders, who arrived to provide for an airway, administer cardiac drugs and continue life saving measures as well as additional interventions in the emergency room by doctors and nurses proved paramount for patient survival. 


But more than anything, the initial actions of Brenda Dell, Tony Simone and Kristy Simpson at the college who witnessed Mr. Birdsall’s distress and took initial life saving actions is what definitely made the difference in the positive outcome for this patient.


The value of Early Defibrillation with an AED at hands reach combined with people who were trained in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) cannot be understated.  One person is alive today because these three people took the time to learn this valuable life saving skill.


The Aberdeen Fire Department wishes to acknowledge the efforts these three people during this incident.

Mason County Toddler Dies in Tragic Accident

MATLOCK, Wash. – A 23 month old Matlock Toddler is dead after falling into a creek near Matlock. Investigators say that Jacob C Chappell was playing outside of his residence on the Beeville Road with his mother at about 12:30 PM Friday. His mother’s attention was briefly diverted by a cell phone call. The call lasted less than a minute then the mother turned around to discover the child missing. The residence is located near Dry Bed Creek. Dry Bed Creek is running very high and swift as a result of recent rains. The child’s mother told investigators he had been riding a toy quad type play vehicle prior to the accident.


The Sheriff’s Office was notified and a search of the creek was started immediately. Sheriff’s Deputies and local fire personnel were involved in the search that lasted only about 35 minutes. The child’s play vehicle was discovered about a quarter mile down stream from the boy’s house. The child was located in the water a short distance from where searchers found the toy vehicle.


Searchers started CPR immediately, but all efforts to resuscitate the boy were futile. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Mason County Coroner’s Office continues the investigation. Investigators say that the incident appears to be a tragic accident.

Offender at Stafford Creek Commits Suicide in Living Unit

ABERDEEN, Wash. – An offender died of an apparent suicide today at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen. Prison investigators do not believe foul play was involved.
The offender was found hanging in his cell at about 3:04 a.m. He was unconscious and not breathing. Prison medical staff provided CPR and called for an ambulance. A medical physician at Grays Harbor Community Hospital declared the offender dead at approximately 3:50 a.m.
The staff contacted the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office. The name of the offender is being withheld until next of kin are notified.
Stafford Creek Corrections Intelligence and Investigation, along with local law enforcement, are continuing to investigate this matter.