County honors 911 operator who helped child bitten by rattlesnake

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County honored the men and women dedicated to helping people through emergencies. Police and fire chiefs handed out the awards to 911 operators who sometimes go unrecognized for their life saving skills.

Dispatcher Ally Stewart was honored after she helped keep a woman and her 8-year-old nephew calm after he was bitten by a rattlesnake last year.

Stewart said it was her first ever snake bite call and the most important thing was keeping everyone from panicking.

"You never want that call, but we do what we're trained to do and you let them feed off your emotion," Stewart said.

Stewart got the life saving award. Tuesday's ceremony is part of National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week and 911 Public Education month.

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