On March 1st, 2022 Police Chief Brian S. Smith and Deputy Police Department Director for PenCom Karl Hatton presented PenCom Communications Officer Brooke Pucciarelli a life saving medal for her work on December 26, 2021.
From the award: "On December 26, 2021, PenCom received a 9-1-1 call from a man who reported that his friend was not feeling well. He was cold and not responsive and making snoring sounds. C/O (Communications Officer) Pucciarelli provided life saving telephonic CPR instructions to him, continued to reassure him, helped him keep an appropriate pace and kept him engaged even though even though he was struggling both with fear and panic attacks.
C/O Pucciarelli kept the reporting party on task and as calm as possible while he continued to deliver CPR. The first volunteer unit did not arrive on scene until 33 minutes into the call and after 29 minutes of CPR instructions from C/O Pucciarelli.
C/O Pucciarelli's professionalism and continuous monitoring, correcting and reassurance of the reporting party resulted in the patient being viable when the first responder arrived on scene."
Clallam County Fire District 4 paramedic and EMT personnel administered advanced life support and were able to eventually fully resuscitate the patient. Given the snow and weather on December 26th the response to the call was delayed and challenging. The District 4 Fire Chief later reported that the patient fully recovered.
District 4 Fire Chief Greg Waters in a written communication to the Police Department added " Without a doubt, if not for Brooke's efforts this patient would not have survived."
9-1-1 Communications Officers are the first of the first responders. In 2021 the Port Angeles City Council designated the Peninsula Communications (PenCom) Communications Officers as first responders. A law enforcement life saving medal is awarded when the employee performed her duty with calm, professional determination, in a life threatening or extremely hazardous circumstance in a manner utilizing considerable skill, knowledge, judgement and ingenuity. And, the performance saved the life of another.
(Pictured: Port Angeles Police Department Deputy Director for PenCom Karl Hatton and Communications Officer Brooke Pucciarelli)