Georgetown dispatcher awarded for work in multi-victim wreck

Adrienne Higgins. Source: GCSO
Adrienne Higgins. Source: GCSO

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Georgetown County 911 emergency communications operator has been recognized for her exceptional work in assisting during a July 2012 wreck involving a pick-up truck and a transit bus.

Adrienne Higgins was named EMS Telecommunicator of 2012 for South Carolina by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. She received the award on March 23 during the S.C. Emergency Medical Services annual symposium.

Higgins was working at the 911 Emergency Communications Center on July 17, 2012 when Midway Fire Rescue crews responded to an accident involving a pick-up truck and a large passenger bus on Ocean Hwy 17 in Pawleys Island.

Officials determined it was a mass casualty event, and called Higgins to request the assistance of multiple agencies.

Higgins, who working at a 911 center that was undergoing renovations, used phone lists, pen and paper, and back up radios to transcribe accurate records from each unit on scene. She was also able to provide victim transportation info to authorities without delays.

Officials say Higgins communicated with four different Fire/EMS agencies and two private EMS services transporting 12 victims to three different hospitals.

Authorities say the driver of the pick-up truck died due to head trauma.

Higgins began working with the 911 Emergency Communications Center in August 2010.

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