When Our Neighboring Colorado Communities Are In Need, They Often Look to Our Professionals For a Helping Hand #GVCopBeat
As we continue to say thank you to our 911 dispatchers during this year’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we want to introduce you to our Incident Dispatch Team. This group of 12 dispatchers from our center is ready to deploy to larger scale emergencies in our own community and across the state. Equipped with a mobile dispatch vehicle, these specialized dispatchers respond to scenes of emergencies and disasters to provide in the field communication services for the emergency responders. In 2013, for example, they deployed to the gas explosion on 7th St., to a search and rescue mission in the desert for an overdue motorcyclist, and to Jefferson County for the massive floods that devastated that area. Whether working out of their mobile dispatch vehicle, or embedding themselves in emergency operations centers, they are a critical resource during critical times.
Prior to 2013, the Incident Dispatch Team deployed to several high-profile events and incidents in Colorado including the Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County, the Sunrise Mine Fire and the Pine Ridge Fire in Mesa County, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, and the Middle Elk Fire near New Castle. They also train with our local SWAT teams and Fire Departments, as well as attend multiple, fun community events such as farmer’s markets and safety fairs.
Clean up crews spent more than a couple hours cleaning up a semi load of dirt and rocks that spilled onto the Redlands Pkwy just before 1:00pm today. The driver was making a right turn onto the Redlands Pkwy from the Riverside Pkwy, just west of the 24 Rd overpass, when the truck and trailer rolled onto their sides. The driver appeared to have minor injuries from the crash and was transported to the hospital.
A cleanup crew from the construction company that owned the truck brought in equipment to help clear the mess. City of Grand Junction streets crews were also on scene to help. The road fully reopened shortly after 3:00pm today.
Officers are still investigating to determine if the driver will be cited for the crash.
This week we are taking a few moments to thank all of the men and women who answer calls for help every single day. National Telecommunicator Week honors 911 dispatchers across the country, and here in Mesa County, we are fortunate to have several dozen dedicated professionals who help save lives by being the voice on the line.
The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (GJRCC), which is housed in and operated by the Grand Junction Police Department, services a total of 23 agencies, and provides all of the law enforcement and fire dispatching for Mesa County, except for the Colorado State Patrol (they have their own dispatch center). That means whether you need a deputy, marshal, police officer, or ranger, or you need fire or medical services from one of the dozen fire department agencies in our county, your 911 call will come through our center, and help will be dispatched by our 911 dispatchers.
With so many different agencies involved, the GJRCC stays very busy. More than 135,000 calls for service (both law enforcement and fire and medical incidents) came through the center in 2013. That includes both emergency and non-emergency calls into the center.
Not only are the dispatchers answering calls, they are handling literally millions of radio transmissions as they communicate with the first responders in the field. In 2013 that number was 2,417,768!
We are so proud of our 911 dispatchers, and grateful for their service to our community.
Look for more posts this week about this great group of people. You can also find more information on our webpage.
Thanks to all of the teens and parents who attended tonight’s Sexual Assault Prevention presentation. We received very positive feedback and hope to continue to grow this presentation, as we feel this is a community issue that needs to be addressed. We want our young people to have the knowledge, power, and tools to keep themselves safe as they enter the adult world.
If you would like to schedule this presentation for a group you are involved with (ex. sports, young adult club, parent groups, etc.) contact Ofc. Suzette Freidenberger.
You can learn more about this presentation by listening to this audio podcast.
Jamie Rockey’s first day on the floor of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (also known as the local 911 dispatch center) last week was not your typical first day. After spending the previous four weeks training in a classroom, and under the watchful eye of her training officer, she was ready to start taking actual 911 calls, from real people, in real emergencies.
Her classroom training had exposed Jamie to many of the types of calls dispatchers routinely get: burglary alarms, medical calls, calls from officers, etc.
“I had a general idea because we did a few sit-alongs,” she said.
The classroom training also taught her how to do CPR. In fact, all new hires must become certified in CPR and must maintain their certification during their employment. But classroom training doesn’t necessarily lessen the amount of stress a dispatcher feels when an actual call comes in.
“It was more stressful over the phone, ” Jamie says. “I was just trying to picture what the caller was telling me because you can’t see the patient.”
Jamie followed the Emergency Medical Dispatch protocol to walk the person on the phone through each of the steps necessary to perform CPR on the patient.
“I was relieved after the first one because I let her go right as the paramedics arrived and then I heard right after that that the patient was breathing.”
But Jamie would only have a couple of hours between that call and the next CPR call to catch her own breath.
“It was an older lady who couldn’t wake her husband. You could hear he was having trouble breathing. I knew I had to do the EMD protocol and I had to have her answer the questions so I could better help her.”
Doctors tell us that both patients were breathing by the time they got to the hospital.
To put things into perspective, the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center handled 17,365 medical calls in 2013. Of those calls last year, three of them involved our dispatchers who helped people perform CPR and in turn helped to save the lives of the people involved. It is also not uncommon for a new dispatcher to go through a year or more before even having to provide CPR instructions, let alone having those instructions result in a life saved.
“I was just glad to have a good trainer with me. And, I’m happy I could help those families in their time of need.”
The Grand Junction Police Department arrested 20-year-old Aaron Munoz of Clifton in the overnight hours of Saturday, April 5, 2014 in connection with the shooting incident on Orchard Mesa the previous night. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant after interviewing the victim of the shooting and other witnesses to the incident.
At this point in the investigation we believe Munoz was at a home in the 100 block of Dorothy Ave and was involved in an argument there. The 911 dispatch center initially received a call from a person who said they heard shots fired in the area of Dorothy Ave. Shortly after, 911 received a second call from the victim who was at the shopping center near 27 Rd. and Hwy 50. The victim reported he had been shot.
The victim eventually told investigators he too was at the home on Dorothy Ave., and found his friend, Aaron Munoz, in a “stand off” with some of the people there. The victim told Munoz to get into his car, and they left with three other people. Munoz, who was sitting behind the driver, accidentally fired a round that went through the driver’s seat, hitting the driver. Munoz and one of the passengers fled the scene on foot. The shooting victim and the other two passengers were with the car when officers arrived.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Munoz, with charges of second degree assault, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, illegal discharge of a firearm, and reckless endangerment. Munoz turned himself in at the Grand Junction Police Department and was booked into the Mesa County Jail.
On 04/05/14 at approximately 2:40am the Grand Junction Police Department received a 911 call reporting a disturbance and shots fired from the area of 2700 block of HWY 50 on Orchard Mesa. As officers were responding to the area they were advised of a victim with a gunshot wound in the 2600 Block of Hwy 50. Several officers responded and conducted an investigation, but no suspect was immediately located.
The victim was transported to St. Mary’s hospital with an apparent gunshot wound which did not appear to be life threatening.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating this incident and has no further information at this time.
If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at http://www.241stop.com, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message. The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous.
Case # 14-17681
The national training exercise taking place in Mesa County this week has started. All information about this SIMULATED incident will be posted at http://www.mesacountyjic.com.
Wanted Sex Offender Now In Custody After Crashing Into Cars and Running From Law Enforcement #GVCopBeat
Wanted sex offender Lance Dylan Worrall is now in custody. This evening officers and deputies with the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units spotted a vehicle they believed Worrall might be traveling in near the 2900 block of North Ave. Officers followed that vehicle to the Candlewood Mobile Home park near D and 32 Rd in Clifton. When they attempted to contact him he sped off in his car, hitting three vehicles before running head on into a marked GJPD patrol car. It appears as if Worrall intentionally hit the patrol car.
Worrall continued driving to a nearby neighborhood where he jumped out of the car and started running through several yards, jumping fences along the way. A responding Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy was able to catch Worrall and deputies took him into custody.
A woman, 33-year-old Andrea Cordova, was also in the car with Worrall and also took off running when the car stopped. A neighbor assisted in taking her into custody. She was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
Worrall was transported to the hospital for injuries to his hands and feet. He will then be booked into the Mesa County jail. He’s facing charges of resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, felony criminal mischief, attempted 2nd degree assault on peace officer, and vehicular eluding.
No officers, deputies, or bystanders were injured in this incident.
Booking photos are not available at this time, and no further information will be available until Monday.
Arson Investigation Underway After Second Confirmed Butane Hash Oil Explosion in Grand Junction in Less Than a Month #GVCopBeat
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating another explosion believed to have been caused by marijuana butane hash oil extraction.
Just before 8:00pm Wednesday night, officers were dispatched to conduct a welfare check at a home in the 1700 block of Roubideau St. A person had found a PVC pipe burning in a neighbor’s backyard and extinguished it with a hose. That neighbor then tried to contact the people who lived at the home, and called 911 when no one answered the door.
The responding officer requested assistance from the Grand Junction Fire Department who entered the residence but did not find any occupants. They did find smoke inside the residence and evidence of an explosion and a small fire which was extinguished. Further investigation by the police and fire investigators found evidence of marijuana butane hash oil extraction at the site of the explosion.
Investigators later located the person who lives at the home and who is suspected of creating the explosion at St. Mary’s Hospital where he was being treated. He had been transported there by family members.
The residence appears to have been divided into two apartments. We believe the suspect and one other person were inside their residence where the explosion occurred. A third person was inside the adjoining apartment at the time of the explosion. The walls of both apartments were damaged during the explosion and subsequent fire.
The arson investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made at this point.