September 30, 2012
Dispatchers Jennifer Rose and Bill Gehl were recognized by the Sheriff’s Office for “a job very well done” due to the critical role they played in the successful apprehension of residential burglary suspects. The incident occurred in Saratoga on 9/30/2012. Dispatcher Rose created the in-progress call within 26 seconds and kept the juvenile caller on the line obtaining more information about the suspects. Dispatcher Gehl assigned units in 9 seconds and Sheriff deputies were on scene in 2 minutes and 34 seconds from the time the caller dialed 9-1-1. Dispatcher Gehl provided additional, timely information that directed deputies toward the location of one suspect who was trying to escape through a backyard. Teamwork in action!
July 7, 2012
Dispatchers Pedro Yanez and Manik Gonzalez were recognized for their role in contributing to the successful apprehension of a suspect after initiating a Sheriff dispatch to an after-hours alarm at a local Cupertino high school.
June 30, 2012
Shooting on Higuera Highland resulting in two victims being transported to local hospitals for gunshot wounds and one victim being transported for stab wounds. Dispatcher Shellie Vandegraaf received a commendation from the Sheriff’s Office for her professionalism while processing a 9-1-1 call during which she “provided critical information to the caller which may have preserved the lives of the two surviving gun shot victims.”