Emergency Communications Personnel Recognized for Efforts in Wake of School Shooting

Leonardtown, MD – March 20, 2018, was a challenging day for the St. Mary’s County community. But for the members of the St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Communications Center, the day proved especially difficult as personnel were called into action following the tragic school shooting at Great Mills High School. In honor and recognition of their service that day, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County honored those who provided information, comfort and support in response to the event.

St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Communications Center personnel were lauded for their handling of the incident. Their efforts were called “efficient and professional” as they worked with first responders in the field to provide critical information and assistance. This enabled them to respond to the incident and meet the needs of the community.

“Response to the incident by St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Communications Center personnel included on-duty dispatchers and Department of Emergency Services staff who provided support to the Emergency Operations Center during the incident,” said Commissioner John O’Connor (3rd District). “Many Emergency Operations Center employees not scheduled to work that day, reported to work to offer relief to those working through this traumatic incident. The influx of additional personnel proved critical to the successful response to the incident.”

In issuing a proclamation, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County commended the St. Mary’s  County Emergency Services Communications Center for meritorious service to the community in response to the March 20 shooting. Individual commendations were also issued to all Emergency Services Communications Center personnel.


Images courtesy of the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.