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Left to right: Communications Captain Tammy Owens, Sergeant James Payne, Communications Officer Patrick Erath, Sheriff Mitchel Newman, and Captain James Carter.

A Jasper County 911 Dispatcher has been recognized for his calm demeanor while handling radio traffic and also talking to a victim during a shots fired call which happened late last month. Communications Officer Patrick Erath was presented with a certificate of commendation by Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman and other department officials on Tuesday.

According to a memo from Sergeant James Payne, the incident occurred on the evening of January 18th when a 911 caller reported that the back window of their vehicle had been shot out by someone in another vehicle on Highway 96 near Buna.

The memo said that Erath took that call and while gathering information from the caller and disseminating it to officers in the field, and also handled radio traffic from three different agencies as they searched for the suspect vehicle.

Payne wrote that he recommended Erath for the commendation “…for his ability to work well while under extreme pressure…”. Payne also wrote “Patrick used a calm and smooth voice while speaking with all officers on the radio and kept us up to date on suspect information…”.

The commendation for Erath was presented by Sheriff Newman along with Communications Captain Tammy Owens, Sergeant James Payne, and Captain James Carter.

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